Friday, March 04, 2005

No, not a ”stupid mistake,” just plain arrogance


All my complaints about Connecticut wrapped in a ball

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`Stupid Mistake' After Party Former Prosecutor Charged With DUI
March 4, 2005
By JOSH KOVNER, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

A former prosecutor was charged early Sunday with driving under the influence and possessing marijuana and a handgun after leaving a birthday party at the Essex home of Chief State's Attorney Christopher L. Morano.

"I made a damn stupid mistake," Peter W. Soulsby of Marlborough said Thursday.

"Mr. Morano certainly knew nothing about anything I had with me."

Soulsby, who works for a Hartford law firm, is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Middletown on March 14. He was free after posting a $3,800 bond.

Morano, in an interview Thursday, said Soulsby and his wife were among 50 guests at Morano's surprise 50th birthday party Saturday night. Morano said he did not know whether, or how much, Soulsby drank at the party, or what Soulsby did when he left.

Soulsby, a state prosecutor for 12 years before joining the Hartford firm of Butler, Norris & Gold in the mid-1990s, was stopped for speeding at 11:57 p.m. on Westbrook Road in Essex.

Soulsby had left Morano's party and was heading to a friend's house about a mile away where he was pulled over by Trooper John Orr of the Westbrook barracks.

The trooper conducted a field sobriety test. A short time later, Soulsby was taken to the Clinton Police Department where he was given a breath test and subsequently charged with driving under the influence.

"After being placed under arrest, marijuana, a pipe, and a loaded handgun were found in Soulsby's possession," the police report states.

Soulsby, 50, was charged with driving under the influence, possessing less than four ounces of marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia, and possessing a loaded firearm while intoxicated.

Morano said no marijuana was smoked at his party.

"There was absolutely no evidence of contraband or weapons, nor would any be tolerated," Morano said.

The party was organized by Morano's wife.

Soulsby said he had a handgun permit and had been licensed to possess a handgun for 20 years.

As is procedure, he surrendered the handgun permit to the arresting officer Saturday night. At some point, he could have a hearing before the state police licensing section to determine whether the permit should be reinstated.

"But that's something for down the road, if ever," Soulsby said.

Soulsby, once a prosecutor at the courthouse in New Britain, left state service in 1995 to become a defense attorney at Butler, Norris & Gold.M.H. Reese Norris, who said he is representing Soulsby in the criminal case, said Soulsby would continue to handle cases for the firm. Norris and had no comment on the incident.

"This is something that never happened before and never will happen again," said Soulsby.

"All I can do is work through it and hope for the best. It's an extreme embarrassment, not only for me and my family, but to my firm and all the associations I'm connected with."

Soulsby's recent clients include Elizabeth Zembko, a New Britain attorney who had her law license suspended over allegations that she embezzled money from clients.

Soulsby was an outspoken critic of a 1999 law that enabled police to seize firearms from potentially dangerous people without having to arrest them first.

At the time, he was representing a Newington man who had to give up 41 weapons, including a flame-thrower and assault rifles fitted with laser sights, after the man was alleged too have threatened to hurt a relative during an incident in Farmington.

Courant Staff Writer Jesse Hamilton contributed to this report.

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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My email to incoming Gov. Rell of Connecticut regarding Rowland and corruption

How can there not still be sleaze in the Connecticut Governor’s Office, if former Rowland aids are answering Rell’s phones? (post)

Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?
(post contains pictures of young adults brutalized by police, and picture of a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette and one of the houses I fixed up from a boarded up condition)

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Names named, criminals in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, reported but nothing is done by the armed revenue collectors and the money collecting, not criminal correcting, court system


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the links I made to in above post no longer go to posts intended.
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