Sunday, December 05, 2004

There probably is a reason there are so many threats against Connecticut Prosecutors

They must have gone out of their way to really screw people over. There is one thing, doing your job. It is another, when you lie, bend the rules, and act like maniacal assholes.

Tales Of Threats Told In Session Prosecutors Want Increased Privacy

December 4, 2004 By LARRY SMITH, Courant Staff Writer

In light of recent threats against four state prosecutors, Chief State's Attorney Christopher L. Morano said Friday that prosecutors need additional protection from such threats - including the ability to hide personal information that is usually public.

Morano had scheduled the press conference after the sentencing of an Enfield man who has been convicted of threatening to kill an assistant state's attorney. The sentencing, in Superior Court in Hartford, was delayed because the man, Gary Damato, is having a conflict with his defense attorney.

Damato was convicted in September of attempted murder, attempted assault on a prosecutor and inciting injury to a person. Damato threatened to kill Assistant State's Attorney Christopher A. Parakilas because he was upset about the way his son, Jeffrey Damato, was treated during prosecution on drug charges. Morano said threats against prosecutors have become too common in Connecticut.

"The prosecutor is quite often the last person a defendant will deal with before being sent to prison," Morano said.

"As such, the prosecutor becomes the final name and face of the criminal justice system, and unfortunately, the focal point of blame."

At one point, when he prosecuted gang crimes in the mid-1990s, Morano learned a contract had been put out on his life. That incident has forced him to be more vigilant for possible threats, he said.

Morano said he wants to raise the public's awareness of the problem and plans to hold a forum for the public and legislators on the topic. One area that could be dealt with is making it easier for prosecutors to have their personal information - such as their home addresses - be kept from public view. He also suggested that the hazards of their jobs be reflected in their pensions, such as with police officers.

Whether that is fiscally possible or how it would be done is something that has to be addressed in the future, Morano said.

While Parakilas did not speak about Damato because the case is still pending, three other prosecutors spoke about their experiences in recent years.

In June 1998, a bomb exploded outside a window of Assistant State's Attorney Robert G. Hall Jr.'s home in Norwalk. The person who set the bomb has not been found. That incident and others have made him take precautions for himself and his family, said Hall, who is the supervisory assistant state's attorney in Norwalk.

"Even to this day, when I walk down the street and I see someone I prosecuted, I make sure I'm on the other side of the street," Hall said.

"It's something that I didn't sign up for when I took this job in April 1976."

Assistant State's Attorneys Dawn Gallo and Susan F. Filan also had received death threats from people they had prosecuted.

Gallo was threatened by a man she had successfully prosecuted on charges of violating his probation for a previous arson conviction. Filan was threatened by the member of a drug gang she prosecuted in Bridgeport and required state police protection and a bullet-proof vest before the man was convicted of drug charges in federal court.

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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Telling your Attorney to go fuck himself- PRICELESS

A Justice System really has to be corrupt and out of hand for something to actually change

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