Sunday, July 31, 2005

An Email to CPS:


To whom it may concern:

Is criminal behavior, perjury, rape, robbery, murder, assaulting, terrorizing, and stalking citizens allowed by the top brass in the Connecticut State Police and with Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs?

If crack cocaine and heroin dealing directly finance terrorists are police helping them with their financing?

Are police party to the wholesale breaking up of families for the $90,000 per child allegedly the state is able to collect in federal dollars for each child ripped from his/her parents arms? Is there a push to maximize arrests and confinement of fathers for federal dollars for handing restraining orders against men out like candy and throwing as many citizens as possible, guilty of crimes or not, for the $74/inmate/day for as many citizens as can be packed into prisons are packed into prisons whether they fit or not?

Is it policy in Connecticut to hide inmates from federal investigators investigating abuse and horrid conditions:

Are taxpayers supposed to foot the bill for State Police to terrorize, investigate, stalk, maliciously prosecute, and falsely hold Americans that are whistleblowers that expose police misconduct, corruption, and flagrant violations of laws and the US Constitution by officials living off of tax dollars?

I tested Free Speech, and found out we don’t have rights if they’re not protected. Some of what I lost and pictures:

Pictures of some youths beaten and/or injured by Connecticut Police and more:

Should those that expose corporate/government corruption have her kids taken away, be arrested, maliciously prosecuted, thrown in a mental hospital, held months without being told what she is charged with, and then made to sign an agreement not to be critical of government and officials? What!!!???
The Kathleen Dickson saga:

I accused Troop C Tolland Troopers, Amaral, Langlais, Mulcahey, Sgt. Sticca, and former Connecticut State Police Commissioner Arthur L. Spada of lying, filing false police reports, police misconduct, harassment, collusion, perjury, and/or high crimes and misdemeanors here:

Names named, and the former #2 post when you put, “Governor Rowland” in a yahoo search engine:

The number 3 post when you google “Governor M. Jodi Rell”:

Google, “Connecticut State Police Misconduct”:

I am posting this letter here:

And here:

Christopher Kennedy, an Ellington Connecticut homeowner, father, law abiding citizen, and taxpayer, accused Connecticut Judge Jonathan J. Kaplan and Prosecutor Parakilas of acting inappropriately, perjury, and then about a day or two of accusing a Connecticut State Police Officer of misconduct, complaining to Lt. Fox of Troop C, Tolland State Police, was told to turn himself in and now face up to 33 years in prison for arrests and charges he would have not received had he not lodged complaints against a police officer and others. Posted here:

More links:

From what I understand getting in the way of heroin and crack cocaine dealing and other crimes that help Connecticut State Police collect as much revenue as possible, and for maximum confiscation of assets, cash, and property is considered “interfering with police”, threatening to sue police for civil rights abuses, embarrassing police in newspapers, proposing Civilian Oversight of Police to elected officials, and/or lodging complaints against police, prosecutors, and judges and other thin skinned officials acting in illegal collusion is an excuse to follow a citizen around, threaten, stalk, investigate, terrorize, arrest, maliciously, prosecute, tamper with witnesses, manufacture evidence, tamper with juries and trials, and cause political prisoners held illegally in Connecticut prisons to get further abuse and risk to their lives with Connecticut’s wholesale cruel and unusual punishments:

I understand having an opinion contrary to a police officer’s opinion is probable cause for arrests and throwing a citizen in jail, so please call or email me for being arrested for testing Free Speech again.

I told Rowland off in maybe his first letter in prison here:

I told Arthur L. Spada and John G. Rowland to go F themselves and eat excrement by email and then posted in on the Internet while both still held officials positions, here:

I posted a letter to current Police Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle here:
and here:

An open letter to Connecticut Chief Justice Sullivan:

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal refused to write or call back US Congressman Simmons and/or his staff for simply asking he read my trial transcripts for my October 2002 Kangaroo Trial at Rockville Court.
Why haven’t I been sued for making such serious accusation? If a citizen’s complaint against a police officer is 1/10 of 1 percent in error, isn’t that citizen arrested for making a false statement to police and other charges.

Letter to Bush:

Registered letters to Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal:

Surely, since you have unlimited funds, possibly millions of dollars to spend on examining the over 2000 posts I have posted for a grammatical or other slight error to throw me away for life as a terrorist or even come up with a plan to set me up?

Are Connecticut State Police investigation outcomes for sale?:

Are Judges that expose State Police misconduct and shoddy investigations subject to police harassment, being removed or forced to retire or resign:

If police aren’t required to obey laws and have no quality control, even if 99% of its members are straight up, good police officers, you are all considered a bunch of jackbooted thugs operating like Mafia.

If police officers, prosecutors, and judges can perjure themselves, manufacture evidence, tamper with witnesses, omit evidence, arrest and imprison at their will, then we live in a Police State and elected officials are mere puppets.

Qualified immunity and no civilian oversight means you are wrecking American as our forefathers intended, wrecking families, ruining lives, the US economy, and the perceptions of America, worldwide.

Officers, prosecutors, and judges that break the law need to be adequately investigated, prosecuted, and imprisoned, or are you all first class and we, 2nd, and subject to royal whims?

I spent 100’s of thousands of dollars fixing up boarded up downtown Connecticut rental properties and you police and members of the judiciary skipped over criminals, drug dealers, prostitutes, common criminal parasites, thieves, child molesters, and other scum FOR YEARS to target me for arrests and prison.

Good Ole Boy Network:

Donald Christmas also a landlord, that also spouted off to reporters about abuse by police and in the courts, also threatened to sue police, also proposed Civilian Oversight of Police, was also attacked on his property by a law breaking police pet, where only he faced a year and a half in prison not his assailant:

I will do all I can to expose your lies, abuse, and illegal behavior.

You’ll have to kill me as long as I have a keyboard to type on, a pen and paper, and a voice I can speak with, I WILL NOT EVER SHUT UP, if you want me shut up.

I tested Free Speech, was falsely arrested, lost my home, retirement, credit, dog, family, career, network of friends, business contacts, the ability to have and own firearms, travel internationally, ability to have faith in government, courts, and police somehow owe over $10,000 in taxes with fees, penalties, and interest mounting for no legitimate reason.

So either come get me or ask me to turn myself in on some trumped up charges and arrest me, arrange a hit on me, or why don’t you possibly act in an unexpected way, act honestly to clean up your own act, arresting the police officers, prosecutors, and judge that violated laws and the US Constitution?

Is your sacred oath valid or is the blue code of silence and retaliation, police policy?

-Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

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The Connecticut State Police Official website

Kirk Bloodsworth, accused child killer/rapist is set free with DNA evidence

The Big Lie

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Back in around the time of the WTC disaster, before, and after it was well known that drug distribution of crack cocaine and heroin financed terrorists and other criminals acting against and to destroy America and the American, Free way of life. Did police and the courts aid and abet this, or help fight against it, and do they still? The answer may surprise you.

At the time of 9-11 police officers threatened me with arrest and told me to leave the state of Connecticut or else for complaining about crack cocaine and heroin being sold off my front yard 24 hours a day by teens swilling beer out of lawn chairs and by their older counterpart adult common criminal parasites, underage and adult prostitutes operating openly, drunk teens smashed my windows and fought sometimes right in front of police after midnight, and those that broke into local businesses and home could openly fence stolen merchandise, and I gave the names of teens that were robbing and beating those walking with baseball bats without the Connecticut State Police or Stafford Police being interested in following up on leads.

I couldn’t operate my rental properties if I didn’t get any police protection and service. I was being threatened by local and state police for ‘interfering’ with police for reporting criminals by name, crimes, and drug dealing. What!!!???


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My picture, my story, and others abused

My letter to Bush 9-15-01, before I was attacked 10-11-01 (link)

Judge Jonathan J. Kaplan

My post on former Connecticut State Police Commissioner, Arthur L. Spada, my accusations of police, prosecutorial,and judicial misconduct, my docket #, and complaints against Connecticut State Police, not taken

My favorite links

Eminent Domain, The 5 to 4 vote, and the DAY FREEDOM DIED IN AMERICA

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Politicians and their cronies profit by putting as many children and adults in detention centers as possible

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There are videos of children being abused by guards at the children detention centers. I’m not aware of those Connecticut DCF guards being punished.

More and more kids are being taken away. To test and break kids they are thrown in cells naked and observed on a ‘suicide watch’, beaten, and broken too often. Children have the greatest chance of being abused, raped, and killed in State care than with their parents.

‘Juvie Jails’ are being built at an alarming rate by states to suck up as much of your federal tax dollars as possible. A figure of $90,000 per child taken away from parents is a bounty to take away as many kids as possible.

Former Governor Rowland and his cohorts in various departments allegedly conspired to take this nightmare national in a McDonald’s style franchise of pediatric prisons. Good thing a small handful are being punished on other corruption related federal charges.

We are supposedly a free nation and violent crime keeps going down, yet from 1980 to 1999 prison capacities have increased ten fold, and there has been an explosion of growth of prison beds since. Prison libraries have been scrapped and prison lunch areas are used as a mass cell for incoming inmates to sleep packed in as sardines for states to collect as many times as possible the approximate $74/day/inmate. Married couples, who argue loudly, are arrested, put on probation, or filling cells when they happen to violate probation. Father’s late on child support gives states quick money by throwing men in jail, but hurts our nation, families, quality of life in the long run.

I saw a Channel 8 Connecticut news video in late 2002 or early 2003 where a group of guards beat a man to death as he was tied in 5 point restraints unable to move. I have not heard of any of the guards being prosecuted for murder.

The prison system is a business.

Prisons building is a scam where politicians and their corporate cronies are getting rich at your expense, while taking away your rights and freedoms.

It is time for you sheeple to wake up.

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What is prison really like?

Drug snitches

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Friday, July 29, 2005

Dear First Lady, Laura Bush

White House picture by Krisanne Johnson. Laura Bush visits with President Amani Abeid Karume, pictured in black, at right, in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Thursday, July 14, 2005.
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Dear First Lady, Laura Bush, staff, and to whom it may concern:

My friend wrote you, and I thought it might be a good idea too. I assume a staffer will read this and I hope it is passed on to those that can review it. The SBA, HUD, and those investigating Government abuse and corruption in Senate and House Committees may do well to read this letter and investigate the points and accusations being made.

If only 1 out of 4 kids are born and go from birth to high school with their biological parents in the home, what is that doing to America and our future as a nation?

Too often fathers are losing their rights, credit, ability to own a home, their jobs, retirement and the sum total of their life’s work for simply being a father involved in divorce and civil custody proceedings in court.

These 3 out of 4 men face prison because of bias and abuse of men in the courts. Small businesses are lost at an alarming rate, so are careers.

Those that lodge complaints against an official face arrests and prison. There is no consequences for officials fabricating evidence, lying, committing perjury, and witness tampering.

Children are suffering. Citizens and children are being thrown in prison and detention centers as State’s reportedly get $90,000 for children ripped from away from their parents and $74/day/inmate in federal tax dollars. So where is it in a state’s interest to serve the public’s needs, families, and to act ethically and morally?

With up to 3 out of 4 men taken out of the taxpaying, productive, consumer category and into living at the expense of taxpayers category, how does this help our economy, strengthen families, and foster faith in government?

I watched as honest citizens came into an American town to improve and do business in a downtown American community and were the targets of the town, state, police, courts, and other officials for their property, business, assets, and their quality of life if they were in competition with those that had corrupt ties and influence at the town hall. Those that complain end up arrested and in prison, their lives and their family’s broken up and ruined, over and over.

I stayed away from drugs, don’t abuse alcohol, saved my money, maintained my credit, invested in the American Dream, a small business, bought homes, paid taxes, mentored and supported my child, and believed in all of America’s promise.

I then watched as police and members of the judiciary passed over vandals, thieves, rapists, heroin and crack cocaine dealers, prostitutes, pedophiles, pimps, and common criminal parasites to get angry with me for having proposed laws to elected officials as police and the courts had refused to serve me because of my profession, contractor and landlord, and my geographic location, downtown America.

Police followed me around and threatened me with arrest if I didn’t leave the state after spouting off in newspapers about abuse of downtown, productive home and business owners.

If America is losing ground in the world economically and is now considered immoral and predatory to others in the world and even to its own citizens, I can see evidence with my own eyes, something drastically needs to be done to change this outrage.

It is up to all of us to say, “Stop,” let’s do something to make America moral and free again, as our forefathers intended.

Thank you,
Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

P.S. for more information on the above use a yahoo search engine and put in:
Steven G. Erickson
Chris Kennedy Steven G. Erickson
Mulready Steven G. Erickson
Don Christmas Steven G. Erickson
Connecticut State Police Misconduct
What is prison really like
Jeffrey Yeaw (father that was the subject of an Amber Alert)
Arthur L. Spada (former Connecticut State Police Commissioner)

Or Google
Governor M. Jodi Rell
And maybe what I wrote on a Free Speech website is still selection #3

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Epidemic of Abuse


DCF Supervisor Arrested, Suspended

COLIN POITRAS Hartford Courant Staff Writer
July 29 2005

A Department of Children and Families social worker is accused of fabricating
evidence and tampering with a witness in a child endangerment case in Hartford earlier this year.

Valerie M. Miles, a social work supervisor in DCF's Hartford office, turned herself in and was arrested about 2 p.m. Thursday. She was released on $10,000 bail pending an appearance in Superior Court scheduled for Aug. 11 in Hartford.

Hartford police were not releasing any further details and DCF officials were
reluctant to comment on the matter.

It was unclear Thursday whether the charges related to one of Miles' child abuse and neglect investigations at work or to an incident in her personal life.

Miles, 48, lives at 53 Dogwoood Road, Plainville.

Hartford police said the charges were based on an incident involving the risk of injury to a child at 296 Hudson St. in Hartford on May 27. Miles was charged with two counts of fabricating physical evidence and one count of witness tampering.

Miles was placed on paid administrative leave on July 7, said DCF spokesman Gary Kleeblatt.

State records show her current salary is about $103,000 a year. Miles has worked at DCF for 16 years.

"We're cooperating with police," Kleeblatt said.

"This is under investigationand we will take appropriate disciplinary action as warranted up to and including termination."

"Allegations of this nature are extremely troubling and we are going to take them very seriously," Kleeblatt said.

Miles could not be reached for comment Thursday.

She is represented by West Hartford attorney Leon M. Rosenblatt. He also was reluctant to discuss thedetails of the case.

"It is in fact true that she surrendered to a warrant today," Rosenblatt said."Beyond that, stay tuned."

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Proof that US Courts are racist and abusive

The Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas Office, Favorite Links, and Contact information

How do I tie in?
Does a pattern of official abuse become obvious in my case and that of others?

Are those lodging complaints against DCF or DSS arrested and face prison?:

Ms. Scruggs threatens to sue for her son's suicide, is arrested and railroaded to prison

Wife a millionaire, divorced father a pauper, does the Bill Mulready case speak volumes about gender bias and abuse of men in the courts? Do men almost automatically lose their credit, small businesses, rights, retirement, and sometimes freedom just for being a father in divorce and custody proceedings?

Chris Kennedy was forced to close his small business, lost his children for lodging complaints, and now faces 33 years in prison for complaining about police, prosecutorial, and judicial misconduct.
Is it typical for men to be abused in court, and thrown in prison if they complain as 'normal' divorce litigation in court. Why are civil matters turned into criminal matters when it involve's father's rights?

What happens when the father is deemed the better parent, the kids are then taken and abused by DCF, and the father dares complain?
The Jeffrey Yeaw story

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Domestic Violence Involving Police Officers

Sometimes their 'buds' throw a blind eye, help terrorize the victim, and in rare cases turn the officer in for police misconduct or even arrest the officer.

Accused Trooper Gets Desk Work
Faces Charge Linked To Restraining Order
July 27, 2005 By GREGORY SEAY, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

A state trooper whose estranged wife claims he threatened her with a gun has been relieved of his badge and sidearm and is charged with violating a restraining order, authorities said Tuesday.

Michael E. Rondinone, 34, a former Middletown police officer who joined state police in 2001, is free on $2,500 bail pending an Aug. 26 appearance in Superior Court in Middletown. He was arrested Saturday by East Hampton police.

A state police spokesman, Sgt. J. Paul Vance, said Rondinone, who is assigned to the Troop I Barracks in Bethany, has been temporarily assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the criminal complaint.

Vance said Rondinone isn't being handled any differently in the wake of a fatal incident June 15 in the parking lot of a Middletown courthouse in which retired State Trooper Michael Bochicchio Jr. fatally shot his estranged wife and wounded her lawyer before killing himself.

Reached Tuesday, Rondinone, a Middletown resident who served eight years with the Middletown police, referred questions to his attorney and to state police.Family court records indicate Rondinone's estranged wife, Marlo Rondinone, 43, of Hog Hill Road in East Hampton, was granted a restraining order against her husband after she filed for divorce in February. The couple, married in Springfield in 2003, have two daughters, aged 2 and 1.

According to an affidavit Marlo Rondinone filed with the court, her estranged husband was verbally and physically abusive after he moved out on Feb. 5. She claimed in court papers that he had previously threatened her with his handgun.

"Because he is a state trooper and has a gun, I fear for my life during his violent, uncontrollable outbursts and threats," her affidavit says.

In a Feb. 20 incident, Michael Rondinone came to their house about 1:30 p.m. and threatened that if his wife didn't give him what he wanted, he "will blow my head off," the affidavit says.

He began slinging papers, a dish and other items that were on a counter onto the floor, then grabbed and shook her.

Another time, she claims in papers, he punched her in her upper arm.

Marlo Rondinone could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

According to court records, Marlo Rondinone was also the subject of a restraining order request.

Salvatore Salafia of Middletown, Marlo Rondinone's first husband, last November sought a restraining order against his former wife after she allegedly verbally harassed and threatened him during their 11-year-old daughter's weekend visit at his home.

Courant Staff Writer Josh Kovner contributed to this story.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Understanding Corruption FOR DUMMIES

Most people have the attention span of a goat.

If you have found yourself here, that most likely does not include you.

Corruption involves money and in then covering your ass.

Insurance companies don’t want to pay out medical claims if they don’t have to. Going behind the scenes and manipulating the standards for what is a “test positive” criteria can mean millions, if not billions in savings.

Lyme Disease is an expensive liability for insurance companies. Grants for government money involves much back slapping and cronyism. Those on the outside exposing such corruption often are arrested, can be sent to mental hospitals, prison, and can be coerced and terrorized into keeping quiet about officials and corporate criminals having committed crimes to defraud taxpayers and obstruct justice.

This is just one example in the day in the life of Fuck You Over, Inc.:


RELEASE DATE: March 24, 2003


Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Notice is hereby given that the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health have taken final action in the
following case:

Justin Radolf, M.D., University of Connecticut Health Center:

Based on the
report of an investigation conducted by the University of Connecticut Health
Center (UCHC Report), Dr. Radolf's admissions, and additional analysis
conducted by ORI in its oversight review, the U.S. Public Health Service
(PHS) found that Dr. Radolf, Professor at UCHC's Center of Microbial
Pathogenesis, engaged in scientific misconduct in research supported by
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National
Institutes of Health (NIH), grant R01 AI29735-11 and incorporated false
into a grant application entitled "Tick Inhibitors of Hemostatis:

Novel Therapeutic Agents and an Anti-Tick Vaccine" to the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Dr. Radolf falsified and fabricated
preliminary research data to falsely claim that the genes that he proposed to
characterize were specifically expressed in the tick salivary gland.

Radolf represented the products of control samples as positive tests for mRNA
expression from different genes and presented data as positive for genes that
had not been tested.

Specifically, PHS finds that Dr. Radolf falsified and fabricated data in
January 2000 by altering the labeling of a figure included in a USDA grant
application and by falsifying the text in both the USDA application and in an
overlapping application to a state-sponsored program.

This incident of falsification and fabrication is significant because the
data was the first direct evidence that the isolated clones represented genes
expressed in tick salivary gland, and therefore represented proteins that
could be targets of vaccine development to protect the hosts from tick-
transmitted microbial diseases.

The misinformation of the extent of the
progress in this project had the potential to mislead grant reviewers and the
scientific community about an area of research that could have led to the
prevention of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other tick-transmitted

The Respondent submitted the following admission to ORI:

"In January of 2000, I engaged in scientific misconduct involving research
supported by the National Institutes of Health. The misconduct occurred
during the preparation of grant proposals submitted to the United States
Department of Agriculture and Connecticut Innovations, Inc.

specifically, I falsified and fabricated preliminary data by intentionally
altering the labeling of an ethidium bromide-stained agarose gel purporting
to demonstrate the expression of genes in the salivary glands of feeding
Dermacentor andersoni ticks.

In so doing, I misrepresented the products of
control samples as positive tests for the presence of mRNAs derived from
unrelated genes, and I fabricated data to show the expression of genes that,
in fact, were not tested.

The texts of the two proposals also contained
inaccurate statements relating to these falsified and fabricated data.

inaccurately portraying the extent of our progress in characterizing salivary
gland proteins that might interfere with tick feeding, my actions would have
misled the reviewers of the proposals into thinking that we were closer to
the development of an anti-tick vaccine than we actually were.

Truthfulness in the recording, presentation, and reporting of data�the
accuracy and reliability of the research record�is the foundation of all
scientific research. By intentionally misrepresenting preliminary findings
in the two grant proposals, my actions violated this basic precept,
compromised my scientific integrity, and placed my 20-year career as a
biomedical researcher in jeopardy.

My actions also could have compromised
the integrity and careers of individuals with whom I work, individuals who
place their trust in me and who look to me for scientific leadership. I take
full and complete responsibility for this misconduct.

I committed this
wrongful act without prompting by other individuals and without the consent
or knowledge of others. I am deeply remorseful for my behavior and offer my
strongest assurance to the Office of Research Integrity that it will never

Dr. Radolf has entered into a Voluntary Exclusion Agreement in which he has
voluntarily agreed for a period of five (5) years, beginning on March 10,

(1) to exclude himself from serving in any advisory capacity to PHS including
but not limited to service on any PHS advisory committee, board, and/or peer
review committee, or as a consultant;

(2) that any institution which submits an application for PHS support for a
research project on which Dr. Radolf's participation is proposed or which
uses Dr. Radolf in any capacity on PHS-supported research, or that submits a
report of PHS-funded research in which Dr. Radolf is involved, must
concurrently submit a plan for supervision of Dr. Radolf's duties to the
funding agency for approval; the supervisory plan must be designed to ensure
the scientific integrity of Dr. Radolf's research contribution; a copy of the
supervisory plan must also be submitted to ORI by the institution; Dr. Radolf
agrees that he will not participate in any PHS-supported research until such
a supervision plan is submitted to ORI; and

(3) to ensure that any institution employing him submits, in conjunction with
each application for PHS funds or report, manuscript, or abstract of PHS
funded research in which Dr. Radolf is involved, a certification that the
data provided by Dr. Radolf are based on actual experiments or are otherwise
legitimately derived, and that the data, procedures, and methodology are
accurately reported in the application or report. Dr. Radolf must ensure
that the institution sends the certification to ORI.


For further information contact:

Division of Investigative Oversight
Office of Research Integrity
5515 Security Lane, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20852

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I tell the former Governor of Connecticut John G. Rowland what I think of him in a letter to arrive for his first day in federal prison. [click here]
Caution: strong, offensive language

Ethics and Rowland-gate

More Youth Detention Outrages


Teen's Prison Suicide Draws Outrage
As Probes Begin, Advocates Contend Again: Youths Don't Belong In Adult System
July 26, 2005 By COLIN POITRAS, DIANE STRUZZI And HILDA MUÑOZ Hartford Courant Staff Writers

A 17-year-old's suicide at a state prison Sunday is causing a furor among child and mental health advocates who have been fighting for years to get troubled youths out of the state's adult prison system.

"This is a terrible tragedy and our office has begun an investigation," state Child Advocate Jeanne Milstein said. Milstein's comments came the day after David Burgos of Bristol hanged himself with a bed sheet at the Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire, the state's high-security prison for young men aged 14 to 21. One child advocate questioned whether the conditions of Burgos' pretrial confinement were a violation of his constitutional rights.

Burgos had a history of mental illness and struggled with bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, relatives said.

He was sent to Manson in March for violating his probation after allegedly being caught stealing, his paternal aunt Neomi Perry said. Burgos' mother, Diana Gonzalez, said Monday that she doesn't understand why state officials allowed her son to sign himself out of DCF custody when he turned 16. Burgos had been under DCF custody and guardianship since he was 10.

He was "a special DCF case, a kid with a lot of needs," Gonzalez said as she prepared for her son's funeral.

"That's why I was surprised when DCF let him sign off at 16. Those are the questions and answers I want."

State officials are looking into Burgos' death, and several agencies began taking immediate steps Monday to ensure that other incarcerated children are safe.

The state Department of Correction, the Department of Children and Families, the Office of Protection and Advocacy and the Office of the Child Advocate are all launching investigations into Burgos' death.

"This individual was not convicted of a crime," said James McGaughey, executive director of the Office of Protection and Advocacy.

"You have to wonder if there were alternatives available instead of sending him to jail. That's of greater concern to me ... How does a kid this age wind up there, particularly someone with a history of mental illness?"

Relatives described Burgos as a charming teen, rambunctious at times, who loved playing the clown and dreamed of becoming a crocodile hunter or pro basketball player.

"He was a typical youth, always joking," Perry said. "

He was a lot like my father; he had a joke to everything. He was a loving kid, the illnesses that he had didn't help him and it overtook him.

"Burgos was placed in numerous treatment centers, hospitals and shelters over the past few years as state officials tried to find programs to help him, sources familiar with his case said. "

Undoubtedly this is a real tragedy and it gives us all an ...occasion to think about how to better help vulnerable young people," said Gary Kleeblatt, a DCF spokesman.

In response to Burgos' death, Kleeblatt said, DCF is sending social workers and mental health staff to Manson this week to make sure other children are safe and to help them cope with the suicide.

Of the 644 inmates housed at Manson on Monday, 18 were victims of abuse and neglect who were committed to DCF and are considered wards of the state. An additional 112 boys came from families with active abuse and neglect cases, Kleeblatt said.Kleeblatt said DCF has been working with correction officials in recent months to improve how incarcerated children are served, including allowing more DCF involvement in case conferences and discharge planning.

But Milstein and others say they are very concerned about how the children are being treated and they question whether they belong in an adult prison in the first place."I'm very concerned about this issue," Milstein said.

"There is an increase in the number of children ending up in the adult criminal system ...," she said.

"The adult criminal system is becoming another layer of the children's mental health safety net."

Martha Stone, executive director of the Center for Children's Advocacy in Hartford, said she visited Manson twice in the past two weeks and is deeply concerned about conditions there and how the boys are being treated.

Stone said she was especially concerned about the prison's practice of keeping pretrial youths locked in their cells 21½ hours a day during a two-week orientation after they first arrive.

In a letter Monday to Correction Commissioner Theresa C. Lantz, Stone said the forced segregation may be a violation of the youths' constitutional rights.

She urged Lantz to seek the immediate services of a national expert to assess the adolescents' needs with the intent of finding more appropriate conditions and programs for them.

Correction department spokesman Brian Garnett said the agency worked with national experts last year after nine suicides prompted Lantz to order a review of state prison policies and procedures.As a result, state prisons now use orientation units to reduce the opportunity for self-harm, Garnett said. When a person first comes into the prison system, he is subject to 15-minute checks by guards and is made to wear slip-on sneakers instead of sneakers with laces, he said.

"We do as much as humanly possible to protect these individuals from themselves," Garnett said.

Garnett said Burgos was not under a suicide watch Sunday.

During an unrelated bill-signing Monday in Hartford, Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who spoke to Lantz Sunday night, expressed distress over Burgos' death. Responding to questions from the media, Rell said she was told that Burgos was on a 15-minute watch and took his life during one of the 15-minute intermissions. She said Lantz assured her that all protocols had been followed.

"It is just absolutely unfortunate," Rell said.

Burgos' death is refocusing attention on Connecticut's juvenile laws.

Connecticut is one of three states that treat youths as young as 16 as adults in their court system. The others are New York and North Carolina.

A measure to increase the age limit for juvenile offenders from 16 to 18 failed in the state legislature this year, as have similar measures before. The main problem, opponents say, is cost. Officials say it would be hugely expensive - tens of millions of dollars - to expand the juvenile court system to handle the extra caseload.

But advocates say the juvenile court system - with its focus on personal responsibility and rehabilitation rather than punishment - is more suitable for children and youths up to age 18 because of their different developmental and mental health needs.

"How many more kids have to die before we say we can't do this to children?" asked Sheila Amdur, a longtime mental health advocate and past president of the Connecticut chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Courant Staff Writer Christopher Keating contributed to this story.

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Monday, July 25, 2005

Googling a Governor

What would Connecticut Gov. Rell and/or staff think when they google, "Governor M. Jodi Rell" and this post comes up as #3?

There is her official site, her biography, and then my post on her.

Amazing! It isn't a newspaper or official publication, but mine, #3, from a lone blogger, amazing.

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Victims of the System

To: The Honorable, M. Jodi Rell, Governor of Connecticut and to whom it may concern
(a June 24, 2004, post asking incoming Gov. Rell to fire Connecticut State Police Commissioner Arthur L. Spada for misconduct)

Saturday, July 23, 2005

The Black Robed Criminal Kingpins

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Email sent to U.S. Congressman Simmons


Dear Congressman Simmons,
Subject: The Patriot Act

With all due respect, the Patriot Act in my opinion is neither Patriotic, nor American.

The Act is too big and should be separated into various components, not be so broad, so that each aspect can be considered. There is not ‘save all’ single legislation. There never was and never can be a single act that preserves America, but there is one act that wreck America permanently, the Patriot Act.

100% of the average hard working, honest, taxpaying, homeowner, parents that I am aware of that have complained about heroin or crack cocaine dealers not being targeted by police, complain about the unfairness in the courts, lodge complaints against an official committing crimes, whistleblowers on corruption, those that threaten to sue for civil rights abuses, those speaking about the corrupt government practices in newspapers, those trying to make the government and the courts operate honestly, efficiently, and in the public interest, those proposing legislation to elected officials requiring officials and police to be held responsible for misconduct and inappropriate behavior, and those expecting America to be run Constitutionally have faced at the bare minimum, police threats and harassment.

Police Officers act illegally to cause honest citizens to lose or flee their homes and tell their employers to let them go. Others have been arrested, thrown in prison, losing their families, retirement, home, and the sum total of their lives, becoming instead of assets and the backbone of a community, are now living at taxpayers expense never to rebuild their illegally shattered lives.

The citizen abuse and the Patriot Act does not make sense for financial reasons and because the act is nothing our founding forefathers would have had any part in, should be axed.

We the people deserve America intact and the ability to be free and pursue happiness, mentor and raise our own children in a moral way not have our children ripped from our arms to be placed in an abusive, immoral state run facility. We deserve the right to pursue independent employment, not have our homes taken away for an arbitrary reason or for the lining of pockets of the criminal connected corporate elite.

Former Governor John G. Rowland obstructed justice, lied, committed perjury, ran Connecticut like a Mafia organization, ripped off taxpayers, hatched multi million dollar Enron style scams, conspired to maximize the misery of families by taking as many kids away as possible to scam federal dollars and was allegedly a party to making pediatric prisons or “Juvie Jails” a nationwide scam and abuse of humanity. Rowland’s criminal cronies are still in power and running the show.

Millions of dollars of taxpayer money has been misappropriated to run harassing police investigations, malicious prosecutions, and the exploding number of Connecticut Kangaroo Court cases. Taxpayers and parents are being taken offline in alarming numbers.

Does that kind of abuse foster faith in the system?

Should Americans have to leave America to be Free AND American?

The Patriot Act abused or used by John G. Rowland style criminals would squash the media exposing official corruption and would allow the covert ruining of whistleblowers.

Former Governor John G. Rowland could still be Governor if his criminal organization was more experienced at using the provisions of the Patriot Act.

The Patriot Act is designed to allow criminals such as former Governor John G. Rowland to stay in power and continue to cost taxpayers more and more of their hard earned dollars while taking more and more of OUR God given rights.

The Patriot Act is for abuse of Americans, not to protect Americans.

Please help end the wholesale abuse of Americans, ask that the Patriot Act be repealed.

If a doctor cuts off the wrong limb, he or she is financially and legally liable.

Elected Officials, unelected officials, police, prosecutors, and judges should not be written a blank check to break the law and piss on our U.S. Constitution as they are currently doing, especially in Connecticut. Please excuse my language as I feel officials are wrecking America while thumbing their noses at the core of America, average taxpayers.

There is absolute lawlessness and immorality in ALL 3 BRANCHES of Connecticut State Government and it can only get worse if there isn’t oversight. The rest of American can follow Connecticut’s lead into chaos and ruin.

I believe you carry the U.S. Constitution around in your pocket because you believe in we the people and wish to uphold the honor of America itself.

I believe you to be honorable and willing to do the honorable thing regardless of what other less moral politicians would want or be willing to do.

I am posting this letter to you on the Internet because I think it is important to get the word out. Americans are counting on you, Mr. Rob Simmons.

Thank you,

Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

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Email to me regarding the Patriot Act:

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Prevent a Permanent Police State. Stop the Abusive unAmerican Patriot Act.

Unlawful detention.
Human rights violations.
Monitoring and tracking of peaceful protestors.
Retaliation against government whistleblowers.

This is what awaits us and indeed has started. Please multiply your voice with all of the following actions to fight the expansion and renewal of the Patriot Act and preserve our freedoms. Your actions are needed NOW.

There are law enforcement powers granted in the flawed provisions of the Patriot Act, and Congress is preparing to vote this week to extend and broaden the flawed and dangerous provisions of the Patriot Act, thereby facilitating the setup and permanence of a police state. Don't let them get away with this tyranny. Please sign the ACLU petition to Congress to remove dangerous provisions from the Patriot Act:

ACLU petition against Patriot Act

and this one to limit current search provisions:

Urge your members of Congress to reject the efforts to make the Patriot Act permanent or expand it:

The two weeks remaining before Congress's August recess may be our last chance to stop some of the more troubling Patriot Act provisions from becoming permanent.

Floor debate on H.R. 3199 ( may begin this Thursday in the House, followed by a full House vote.

The Senate Judiciary Committe may mark up its bill (S. 1389; this Thursday, July 21, with a Senate floor vote soon afterward.

Don't let Congress ignore the nonpartisan will of nearly four hundred local communities and seven states that have passed resolutions critical of the PATRIOT Act. Contact your Representative and your Senators today (telephone calls are best!) and tell them to vote for real reform of the Act, and failing that, to vote against PATRIOT Act renewal altogether.

Call Members of Congress at the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 or find phone numbers, FAX numbers, and email addresses for your Representative and Senators at

Call on your representatives to bring the Patriot Act in line with the Constitution:
I urge (Representative ______, Senator ________) to heed the nearly 400 communities and seven states (NOTE: Mention resolutions in the legislator's district.) that have passed resolutions calling on Congress to bring the Patriot Act in line with the Constitution to
restore personal privacy and due process and respect for the rule of law;
respect First Amendment rights and the balance of power between branches of government;
limit the definition of "terrorism" to violent crimes;
prohibit all prisoner abuse; and
decrease government secrecy
In addition, please call or send a fax today to the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Remember that the Patriot Act affects each and every citizen and it is therefore appropriate for you to contact any member of the Senate and Congress with your thoughts about it, whether you are their direct constituent or not.

ALABAMA: Jeff Sessions, Phone: (202) 224-4124, Fax: (202) 224-3149
ARIZONA: Jon Kyl, Phone: (202) 224-4521, Fax: (202) 224-2207
CALIFORNIA: Dianne Feinstein, Phone: (202) 224-3841, Fax: (202) 228-3954
DELAWARE: Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Phone: (202) 224-5042, Fax: (202) 224-0139
ILLINOIS: Richard J. Durbin, Phone: (202) 224-2152, Fax: (202) 228-0400
IOWA: Charles E. Grassley, Phone: (202) 224-3744, Fax: (202) 224-6020
KANSAS: Sam Brownback, Phone: (202) 224-6521, Fax: (202) 228-1265
MASSACHUSETTS: Edward M. Kennedy, Phone: (202) 224-4543, Fax: (202) 224-2417
NEW YORK: Charles E. Schumer, Phone: (202) 224-6542, Fax: (202) 228-3027
OHIO: Mike DeWine, Phone: (202) 224-2315, Fax: (202) 224-6519
OKLAHOMA: Tom Coburn, Phone: (202) 224 - 5754, Fax: (202) 224-6008
PENNSYLVANIA: Arlen Specter (Chairman), Phone: (202) 224-4254, Fax: (202) 228-1229
SOUTH CAROLINA: Lindsey Graham, Phone: (202) 224-5972, Fax: (202) 224-3808
TEXAS: John Cornyn, Phone: (202) 224-2934, Fax: (202) 228-2856
UTAH: Orrin G. Hatch, Phone: (202) 224-5251, Fax: (202) 224-6331
VERMONT: Patrick J. Leahy (Ranking Democratic Member), Phone: (202) 224-4242, E-mail:
Herbert Kohl, Phone: (202) 224-5653, Fax: (202) 224-9787
Russell D. Feingold, Phone: (202) 224-5323, Fax: (202) 224-2725

Do State Attorney Generals care about crime and criminals or do they obstruct justice?

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Taking an Inch

Judges, Police, Prosecutors, and Defense Lawyers are taking America down a dangerous path. They shouldn't be giving themselves immunity from prosecution, taking responsibility for their actions, and having to pay damages when they are found to have caused harm.

If a doctor cuts off the wrong limb isn't he or she liable? Are you immune from prosecution?

Those that are immune from prosecution and liability are given a blank check to break the law as they see fit.

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Absolute Immunity For Some Lawyers


Hartford Courant Staff WriterJuly 19 2005

The state Supreme Court on Monday granted lawyers who are appointed to represen tchildren in hotly contested custody disputes absolute immunity from being sued by disgruntled parents, in a ruling anxiously awaited by family lawyers.

During the nearly five years the case of Paul Carrubba vs. Attorney EmilyMoskowitz has been pending, many family lawyers have declined to accept appointments as attorneys for minor children in divisive divorce cases, fearing the devastating financial consequences of negligence and malpractice cases.

"This decision is so crucial," said attorney Robert J. Kor, who represented Moskowitz.

"It provides for the first time in the state of Connecticut absolute immunity to court-appointed lawyers for minor children, so they can fulfill their obligation to the child and the court without fear of being sued and without the distraction of having to defend themselves in subsequent proceedings."

Had the court gone the other way and denied immunity, it would have been openseason on court-appointed attorneys for minor children," said Kor, who is alsoMoskowitz's husband.

The Carrubba divorce case in Superior Court in Hartford was one of those antipathy-laden cases in which judges often feel the need to appoint a lawyer to advise the court on what is in the best interests of the child. These lawyers, working in the midst of emotional turmoil and tension, have a dual role of both advocating what the child wants and advising the court on what is in the bestinterests of the child - obligations that often don't dovetail. Court-appointedlawyers for minor children weigh in on such weighty matters as custody, visitation, education and therapy.

Moskowitz was appointed in 1994 to represent the Carrubbas' children, Jessica and Matthew.

The marriage was dissolved in 1997. In November 2000, Paul Carrubbasued Moskowitz, claiming she negligently inflicted emotional distress on him,and also sued her for legal malpractice on his son's behalf.

"Since the Carrubba case was filed, I stopped being an attorney for minor children, as did many of my friends, because we couldn't take the chance ofbeing sued," Moskowitz said Monday.

"Who would take that chance? You have two shots of being sued in every case. At a $5,000 deductible for most malpractice cases, it's not worth that."

The state Supreme Court's unanimous and strongly worded decision Monday expands upon an Appellate Court ruling last year that upheld the trial court's dismissal of Carrubba's suit against Moskowitz, but granted court-appointed lawyers only qualified, or limited, immunity. Under that standard, court-appointed attorneys could invoke immunity as a special defense in battling lawsuits, but could not use it as grounds for dismissal of the lawsuit.

Most government officials are entitled to qualified, rather than absolute, immunity.

Even judges have absolute immunity only in the performance of their judicial functions; as administrators, these same judges are protected only by qualified immunity. The grant of absolute immunity, as Justice David M. Bordennoted in Monday's ruling, is "strong medicine."

Connecticut's highest court adopted the three-pronged standard invoked by theU.S. Supreme Court in determining when a court-appointed attorney qualifies forabsolute immunity. The analysis includes whether liability, intimidation and harassment might deter the lawyer from performing his or her court-ordered role; whether there are sufficient procedural safeguards against misconduct by the lawyer; and whether the lawyer is performing a function integral to the judicialprocess.

"The threat of litigation from a disgruntled parent, unhappy with the positionadvocated by the attorney for the minor child in a custody action, would be likely not only to interfere with the independent decision-making required bythis position, but may very well deter qualified individuals from acceptingappointment in the first place," Borden wrote.

Attorney George W. Kramer, who represents Carrubba, said he believes the Connecticut Supreme Court is the only top state court in the country to extendabsolute immunity to court-appointed attorneys, and did so contrary to Connecticut case law.

"Their prior decisions have said that the attorney for the minor child is that -an attorney acting like any other attorney," Kramer said.

"I think this decisionis inconsistent."

Among the claims Carrubba brought against Moskowitz was that she called him profane names during several mediation sessions over custody. And Carrubba sued her, even though he ultimately obtained custody of Matthew, now 15 and an honor roll student living with his father in Florida.

"In my opinion, you need people who have patience and wisdom to be attorneys for minor children," Kramer said.

"You don't need people who are going to be calling people [obscenities] ratcheting up the emotional factor. When you're talking about your children, and to have an attorney saying these things to you, to say it's upsetting is a gross understatement."

Kramer also disputed whether the case had a chilling effect on the availability of attorneys to represent minor children in custody disputes.

"It never scared anyone off."

The state Supreme Court also upheld the decisions of both the trial court and the Appellate Court that Paul Carrubba had no standing to sue Moskowitz forlegal malpractice on his son's behalf, as "next friend" of Matthew Carrubba.

While parents typically may assume such a role, parents in a contentious custodydispute may not, because their interests may be adverse to those of the children over whom they seek custody.

"We agree with the Appellate Court ... that in a custody dispute, `parents lackthe necessary professional and emotional judgment to further the best interestsof their children. ...

A parent's judgment is or may be clouded with emotion and prejudice due to the estrangement of husband and wife,'" Borden wrote, quoting the Appellate Court ruling.

Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Eminent Domain Watch (the blog)

Are elected officials trying to block public access to them?

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Late-Night Amendments Earn Vetoes
Rell Torpedoes Legislative E-Mail Shield, Ruling Reversal
July 12, 2005 By MARK PAZNIOKAS, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed two bills Monday because of late-night amendments that would have reversed a contentious state regulatory decision and exempted legislative e-mails from the Freedom of Information Act.

An amendment to the vetoed telecommunications bill would have negated two regulatory rulings ordering SBC Connecticut to provide Gemini Networks access to a hybrid fiber-coaxial network largely abandoned by SBC in 2001.

Gemini, a startup company financed by millionaire investor Arnold Chase, had complained to Rell's office that a state utility official had overstepped his authority when he advised a state senator on the drafting of the amendment.

"In light of the unresolved questions concerning this legislation, I believe it is preferable to veto Senate Bill 1097 - offering the General Assembly in the next legislative session the opportunity to ratify its action in passing the bill," Rell said in her veto message.

SBC officials appeared stunned by the veto of a bill passed unanimously by the Senate and 144-4 by the House in the final days of the legislative session that ended June 8.

SBC could seek a veto override.

"I think it's a very sad day when somebody can make an unsubstantiated allegation, and people respond to that," said John Emra, the executive director of external affairs for SBC.

"That's apparently the new way to lobby in Connecticut, and I find that really sad."

The body of the bill, S.B. 1097, would have freed SBC from some regulatory controls, allowing the telephone company to compete with cable companies that provide video, internet and telephone services.

"We're going to lose hundreds of thousands of customers," Emra said.

"We lost 400,000 lines in 3½ years. We are losing thousands more every single day."

Chase applauded the veto as an act restoring integrity to the legislative process."It was absolutely the correct thing for the governor to do. It restores my faith in the legislative process," Chase said.

"There were so many unanswered questions."

Sen. John Fonfara, D-Hartford, the co-chairman of the energy and technology committee, said he offered the amendment because he believed it would foster competition. He said Monday that his opinion had not changed. Fonfara said his amendment would have forced the sale of the unused network, which was built by SNET to provide cable television services. It was intended to carry telephone services, but after acquiring SNET, SBC decided the technology was unsuitable.

The amendment would have vacated a ruling by the Department of Public Utility Control ordering SBC to lease the network to Gemini.

Fonfara said that Jack R. Goldberg, the state's telecom regulator, had advised him that SBC was likely to persuade federal regulators to overturn the DPUC order, which had been written by Goldberg. Rell referred Chase's complaint about Goldberg to the State Ethics Commission, which told the governor that it had no jurisdiction.

Goldberg, who has recused himself from further actions involving the Gemini-SBC case, denied any wrongdoing.But Rell, who said she was not passing judgment on Goldberg, said she could not afford to sign the bill into law.

"The conduct of state officials in a manner reflecting the highest regard for ethics and integrity has been a hallmark of my administration," Rell said.

Rell did not hesitate to characterize the other amendment - a measure exempting legislative e-mails from the right-to-know law - that prompted her veto.

She called it a "rat," legislative parlance for a favor slipped into a bill, usually in the chaotic last moments of a legislative session.

The secrecy provision was tacked onto a little-noticed bill about conservation officers and sent speeding through the legislature, taking just 22 minutes to pass both chambers on the last night of the session.

The measure never was subject to a public hearing.

"This is a classic legislative `rat'- a last-minute bill intended to slip past without being noticed. It is a blatant attempt to sidestep the spirit of Connecticut's FOIA provisions, and it is utterly unacceptable," Rell said.

"The bill would do nothing to protect constituent privacy while decreasing public scrutiny of government operations."

Rell also vetoed a bill Monday that would have authorized a study of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School. She said the bill would have duplicated a review already underway by her order.

"We have neither the time nor the resources to engage in the promotion of meaningless bureaucracy, especially when a plan concerning the future of CJTS is less than a month away from completion," she said.

Rell said a provision of the bill prohibiting the school from being used as an adult prison was unnecessary.

"As long as I am governor, that facility will never be used for an adult prison," she said.

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Prominent Psychologist Faces Charges
Eating Disorder Expert Inhaled Gas, Police Say
July 12, 2005 By TOM PULEO, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

WEST HARTFORD (Connecticut) -- A prominent psychologist who specializes in eating disorders faces criminal charges after she inhaled propellant from whipped cream cans and collapsed on a supermarket floor in May, police say.

Lisa G. Berzins, 49, of 9 Talcott Glen Road in Farmington, was charged in a warrant Friday with possession of a restricted substance, third-degree criminal mischief and creating a public disturbance. She was released on $500 bail for a July 21 appearance in Superior Court in Hartford.

These are only allegations," said Berzins' attorney, Bob Ludgin of Hartford.

"My client is innocent unless convicted. I have confidence that there will be no convictions."

Berzins, who has a practice listed at 91 S. Main St. in West Hartford, has lectured and written widely in the areas of eating disorders, female development, sex roles and self-esteem, according to her speaker's biography listed with the American Psychological Association. Her resume includes listings as director of the eating disorders programs at the Institute of Living in Hartford, and the former Elmcrest Psychiatric Institute in Portland. It was unclear when she held those positions.

On Sunday, May 29, police said, they responded to an afternoon call for medical assistance and found Berzins lying on the floor of the Farmington Avenue Stop & Shop, bleeding from her head.

Conscious and responding slowly to questions, Berzins told police she did not know what had happened, according to the arrest warrant filed in Superior Court in Hartford.Based on a witness account and evidence collected in supermarket aisles, police said, Berzins apparently had been inhaling from three cans of Reddi-wip brand whipped cream. The cans contained nitrous oxide, a restricted substance commonly known as laughing gas, the warrant says.

A high can be obtained, the warrant states, by holding the nozzle upright and activating the can's valve, releasing the propellant to be inhaled.

Nitrous oxide is a colorless, almost odorless gas used mainly as a mild sedative and analgesic in dental treatment.

Based on the evidence, police applied for a warrant charging Berzins.

William Gerrish, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Health, said Monday that Berzins has no prior or pending disciplinary actions. She is a licensed psychologist.

In recent years, Berzins' has been featured in newspaper articles and appeared on local and national radio and television shows.

In 1996 the General Assembly approved a new "truth in dieting" law that was proposed by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Berzins. The law requires diet companies to prove their claims of success with scientific data, or remove those claims from their advertising and packaging in Connecticut.

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HOSPITAL PSYCHOLOGIST FIRED (Hartford Courant partial archive)
Published on June 23, 2005, Article 6 of 71 found.

A veteran psychologist at a state-run psychiatric hospital for children has been fired after investigators found he downloaded pornography on his work computer.

Kenneth C. Thunberg, 54, of Deep River, was on paid administrative leave from the Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth while officials from the state Department of Children and Families, which runs the Middletown facility, investigated.

Thunberg counseled children at Riverview for 12 years. Notified of his dismissal last.......

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5 to 4 in the Supreme Court, THE DAY FREEDOM DIED

I pledge allegiance to the flag for the corporations in which it stands

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Monday, July 11, 2005

My thoughts on being an American

(I’m not being critical, nor promoting Bush with the above photo. I was looking for a picture of Uncle Sam and found the above here.) Posted by Picasa

Direct cause and effect

Lodge a complaint or piss off a powerful official and something happens to you.

I see it over and over.

So, knowing and seeing that, can I say we are truly free in America?

No, I can’t.

If those that have positions are allowed to decide who lives, who dies, who does well, who does not, who goes away to prison, who does not, then those people are first class and all others are second class.

For those of you expecting America and its officials to act as advertised, seeing that it doesn’t, and then demanding that it does, there are arrests, prison, and worse for you.

Those that govern do so with our consent. When too much of our money and tolls on our families and personal existence are taken, we the people stand together.

We should do more to peaceably exert change for the common good before it is too late.

Freedom and rights aren’t guaranteed and do not exist if they’re not protected nor fought for.

Being forever vigilant and questioning authority is American, not Fat, Lazy, and Stupid.

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

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US World Police and Jailers

Getting Involved in the Legislative Process and/or Complaining about Officials can be detrimental to your quality of life, credit, retirement, your family, and in extreme cases may cost you your life, even in America.
(The Steven G. Erickson, Christopher Kennedy, Mark Gaines, Donny Christmas, William “Bill” Mulready stories. Includes my picture while I’m enjoying a dark brew)

Ethics and Rowland-gate

Connecticut Judges, HOWARD SCHEINBLUM and JONATHAN J. KAPLAN were named as defendents in this Federal RICO civil suit.

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I brought up Chris Kennedy.

Email in to me blasting Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell?:

"CCR: Has the Lt. Governor, Jodi Rell, been implicated?

CURRY: When her son was found by state environmental officers to be running a stolen property ring out of her basement for Skidoos, the environmental officerswho made the arrests had their careers threatened. They suffered until it hit the press and then the administration backed off. She denied any involvement in the retaliation.

Again, Connecticut's extraordinary unwillingness to investigate the apparent corruption of its own elected officials saved her from further public embarrassment. In any event, she has been a happy, willing partner and an insider in the Rowland administration for nine years."


Corporate Crime Reporter 18 Corporate Crime Reporter 3(8), January 19, 2004


In Connecticut, Governor John Rowland's administration is being threatenedwith the worst public corruption scandal in the state's history.

Three Connecticut mayors and the state's treasurer already have been sent toprison.The Governor's former deputy chief of staff pled guilty to accepting goldcoins in return for government contracts. He reportedly buried the gold coins in his back yard.

Governor Rowland has confessed that he allowed private corporations to renovatehis cottage in Litchfield. He first told the citizens of Connecticut that he paid for the hot tub and the cathedral ceilings “ but later admitted that he lied. He didn't pay for them “ the state contractors paid for them.

The state legislature has organized to investigate the Governor for a possibleimpeachment.

Bill Curry, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee who lost to Rowland in 1998 and 2002, now calls Connecticut "the most corrupt state in the nation."

"We were the Constitution State," Curry told the Hartford Courant last month.

"We were the home of New England town meeting democracy, and now we're Louisiana with foliage."

Curry should know. He leveled charges of corruption against Rowland in 2002, but hardly anyone blinked an eye. Now, everyone wants Rowland to resign.

We interviewed Curry on January 13, 2004.

CCR: What are you doing these days?

CURRY: I'm writing a book on the Clinton Presidency.

CCR: You are a lawyer. Are you practicing?

CURRY: I'm not practicing right now. When the book is out, I'm going to sit downand decide whether I'm going back into law or politics.

CCR: What would you run for?

CURRY: It's clear that given what has happened here in Connecticut, I have theoption of running again.

CCR: For Governor?

CURRY: That would certainly be the office that is most attractive to me. It isthe place where you can get the most things done. I need to think about it all,something I really haven't done in the year since I lost to Rowland.

CCR: Give us a sketch of your education and what you have been doing since youlast graduated.

CURRY: I graduated from Georgetown University in 1974. I graduated from theUniversity of Connecticut Law School in 1977. I practiced law in 1978 and ran for the Connecticut state senate and was elected. I was re-elected in 1980. I was the Democratic nominee for Congress in1982. I lost a close, tough election to Nancy Johnson. Toby Moffett had vacated the seat that year to run against Lowell Weicker for Senate. I then went to work for the Nuclear Freeze. We formed a political action committee called Freeze Voter, of which I was national director.

I was there twoyears supporting members of Congress who supported bilateral arms control andtrying to defeat Reagan. We were better at the first than at the second. I returned to Connecticut, practiced law and did business successfully for a few years in a firm that I founded. In 1988 and 1989, I was a fellow at the International Center in Washington, D.C.

I did work in a number of developing countries having new democracies “ ElSalvador, Nicaragua. I met with Castro in Cuba. I was in East Berlin the week the Wall came down. I met and worked with Willy Brandt in Geneva. I now chair the board of the International Center. I returned to Connecticut in1990 and ran for Comptroller of the state of won, defeating an incumbent of myown party at the convention and then winning a close election against theRepublican. In 1994, I became the first person ever to win a Gubernatorial nomination by primary in either party.

Then in a divided four-way field, I lost a very closeelection to Rowland. The other two candidates were Eunice Groark, who had beenLowell Weicker's Lt. Governor and Tom Scott, a populist conservative, running onan anti-income tax platform.

CCR: You were hurt by both?

CURRY: Yes. In all polling, both Scott's and Groark's voters named me as theirsecond choice by fairly substantial margins. The Scott votes were mostly Reagan Democrats coming out of old industrial towns. They knew that I was different from Tom on lots of issues, but they understoodthat I was a lot more likely than Rowland to stand up for them on other stuffthat mattered to them, like health care, property taxes ad rooting outcorruption. The Groark vote was mostly suburban professional liberals, a vote weotherwise won by a wide margin.

CCR: What did you lose by?

CURRY: Three points. That was in 1994. Right after that, Bill Clinton called andoffered me a job at the White House. I began work for him here in Connecticut while I was still comptroller and went to the White House in January 1995 serving as counselor to the President andworking on a wide range of domestic policy issues.

I came back to Connecticut in1997, did a stint as a fellow at the Yale School of Management and began work onwhat later became this book on the Clinton Presidency.

CCR: What's the title?

CURRY: Unfinished Business. In 1998 I thought of running for Governor, filed acommittee, went about the state. When Barbara Kennelly announced her candidacy, I withdrew in her favor.

She lost to Rowland by a quite a lot, getting about 37 percent of the vote. In 2002, I again ran again against Rowland and lost to him.

I had a little over44 percent of the vote. We started out 43 points down and closed it to 9 in September while beingoutspent about 5 to 1. I eventually got 44% of the vote. Since then I've been working on the Clinton book.

CCR: What do you mean by Unfinished Business?

CURRY: It refers to the unfinished business of the administration and thecountry. It's about what happened to the progressive ideal in American politicsin the Clinton years. Clinton came along in 1992 and said“ Hi, I'm a newDemocrat. I can cut you taxes, shrink your government, work with corporations, devolve power and still extend a social contract -- heal cities, fix schools, expandemployment, extend health care. The most interesting question to me about hispresidency is “ did you really think you could do that or were you just kidding?

Was it truly a strategy of governance, or merely of self-presentation, acampaign hustle? In 1992, Clinton presented a fairly broad populist agenda “universal health care reform, welfare reform, campaign finance reform, a massive public works program for the cities. Clinton got many things done as President, but not those things.

The book tries to answer the question of why things turned out that way and explore how we might do better.

CCR: Is he going to like the book?

CURRY: I don't know. I hope everyone likes it. On some level, I hope people see it as a thoughtful defense of his Presidency. You can argue back and forthwhether we could have done better. Some of the President's defenders would arguethat this was a time when conservatives were in the saddle and it wasn't possible to advance a more dramatic and more sweeping agenda. I disagree with that. This book certainly makes the argument that in fact the window was open then and still could be now.

CCR: Who are you supporting in the upcoming election?

CURRY: I'm not.

CCR: You are writing an article about Governor Rowland that will appear innewspapers around Connecticut tomorrow. What will you say in a nutshell?

CURRY: The title is "Last Chance for Legislators." I note in the article that in matters of impeachment and corruption, public opinion drives the agenda. At the outset of the Lewinsky scandal, Democrat and Republican Congressional leadersa like were preparing to dispose of Clinton.

Sam Donaldson was speaking for thewhole town when he said Clinton was 'toast.' Then something odd happened. The polls started saying that the public " by a2-1 margin “ opposed impeachment.

People deplored what Clinton had done but regarded impeachment as unsuitable for such a personal trespass.

So, public opinion saved Clinton's presidency. Public opinion is again driving the process in Connecticut. But here it's in many ways the opposite situation. All Rowland's misdeeds are clearly of a public rather than private nature.

But here Democratic and Republican leaders, even when confronted with Rowland'sconfession of serial violations of the public trust, stood frozen like deer inheadlights. The public on the other hand, as soon as they heard Rowland admit hehad taken things that were not his to take and then repeatedly lied about it, knew instantly that they wanted him out of that office.

CCR: What is Rowland accused of doing?

CURRY: Everything wrong he possibly could: Taking money from sweetheart economic deals set up by people who do business with the state. Taking gifts, free travel, vacations, suits, wine, repairs to a cottage in Litchfield, quite possibly a boat and a car from people who were his employees or who did business with the state.

Letting a political hack who was a state contractor and a Rowland appointee manipulate a nature conservancy in Litchfield whose board the hack chaired, intoselling Rowland a cottage. It was a private sale “ just for Rowland. The price was $110,000. Litchfield is a lovely town. Property there is very expensive. This was lakefront property in a nature conservancy in Litchfield and he bought it for $110,000, $5,000 down, the rest covered by a subsidized mortgage from the nature conservancy.

This goes to the very heart of laws governing non-profit. The mortal sin of non-profits is siphoning off assets to the benefit of insiders and their cronies.

Many of us cried foul at the time but the attorney general, who oversees charitable organizations, declinedeven to ask questions.

CCR: In your two runs against him, you never accused him of being corrupt, did you?

CURRY: Actually I did. It was one of the two main arguments of the 2002 race. One of the amazing things to watch now is everything I talked of then comingtrue. One example is the CRRA/Enron deal. I said at the time it was clear thatRowland had transacted an illegal deal to benefit a private company “ Enron,if you can believe it-- in exchange for campaign contributions to the RepublicanGovernors Association, which Rowland then chaired.

CCR: What is CRRA?

CURRY: It is the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA), a quasi public authority, operating under the state of Connecticut, then run by the Governor's Chief of Staff, a man named Peter Ellis, who apparently as chief of staff didn'thave enough to do.

Rowland assigned him this hobby, running CRRA, so he couldcontrol the authority to steer business to his own and his cronies' advantage. And he did.

The first major deal was Enron.

The authority made the illegal loan of 220 million dollars to Enron just before Enron went belly up.

The state neverrecovered a dime.

That was in 1997 to 1999. We hammered that home. Unfortunately for us, onceagain the Attorney General of the state, Richard Blumentahl, a Democrat allied himself with Rowland and announced that he would represent rather than investigate Enron. He appeared with Rowland at a press conference announcing they were going to suethe accountants and lawyers in New York who they said had deceived the state.

It was so much blather.

They knew the people of Connecticut would be 1000th in line going after thebankrupt Enron and its lawyers and accountants after one of the greatest corporate meltdowns ever. It was such an obvious trade of taxpayer dollars for campaign contributions to the Republican Governor's Association.

CCR: How much did Enron put into the Republican Governors' Association?

CURRY: Enron raised about $1 million for them when Rowland was either the numberone or number two guy at RGA. The deal was a complete scam on taxpayers. The paperwork made it appear Enron was buying energy from state regulated utilities.

It wasn't. The whole thing was like a shell game with no pea. The state's $220 million loss was the largest single financial transaction and of course the largest single financial loss in state history.

The Governor denied ever having met with Enron, but it turns out that he metwith Ken Lay himself and had numerous meetings with Enron officials. And then there was the massive bid rigging.

For this scam, Rowland arranged tohave changes made in state statute regarding competitive bidding. Ella Grasso, Connecticut Governor in the mid-1970s, had brought us into the modern age with competitive bidding statutes.

Under that law, you could forgo competitivebidding only in a real emergency."Emergency" was carefully defined. If water was coming over the levee, and youneeded more sandbags, you didn't have to go out to bid. Otherwise, you had toplay it straight. Rowland went from that standard, to one where thecommissioners of his departments could justdeclare an emergency. In our campaign, we looked at those projects, and it turned out the commissioners had only declared emergencies where the contractor was the Governor's largest donor, the Tomasso family from New Britain and theirassociated companies.

No other emergencies had apparently arisen with respect toany other contractors. We took those contracts“ I believe there were four at the time totaling over$100 million “ and we brought them to industry analysts who said they had comein 15 to 20 percent over what was then the going rate in our market. That's 15 to 20 percent over a normal, reasonable profit. That somewhere between $15 million and $20 million into the pockets of that one family just for those projects.

This is the same family that bought the Governor a car, provided many of thefree vacations and travel, provided the free improvements to the cottage he got at the private sale with a subsidized mortgage from a nature conservancy.

I held a press conference on September 24, 2002 and laid out the scheme.

CCR: It didn't catch on back then. Why did it catch on now?

CURRY: Maybe the press has to smell blood, political defeat, before they will take this kind of thing as seriously as they should. If you're only covering the horse race, the first call you make is not whether something is important or notbut only whether you think it will affect the outcome of the race. After a whileyou start to lose the ability to recognize what's important. Not one editorial board wrote one editorial about that press conference.

CCR: Did the newspapers run stories about your press conference?

CURRY: In the Hartford Courant, one story ran on the front page of the secondsection. That was about as well as we did. A reporter named Paul Hughes of the Meriden Record Journal understood the points I was trying to make.

The New York Times editorial board along with the Meriden and Willimantic papers got it.

Paul Bass of the Advocate. I name them because to me it's kind of an honor role. I'm probably leaving out someone, but that was about it. The rest of the state pressslept through the corruption story.

CCR: Why did this story start breaking this year?

CURRY: Well, perhaps someone at the U.S. Attorney's office in Hartford did readmy press release. At any rate they began investigating the bid-rigging.

CCR: Who is the U.S. Attorney in Hartford?

CURRY: It's an interesting story there. At that time, I, alone except for onenewspaper, the New Haven Register, had opposed the Governor's choice for U.S.Attorney, a lawyer who had never been to court, let alone in a criminal matter,but who had been on the Governor's top staff for years. His name is Brendan Fox.

Rowland recommended him to Bush and pushed hard, with the support of our Democrat U.S. Senators, who got on board with Rowland immediately despiteknowing nothing about his nominee. Among Fox's responsibilities with Rowland was doling money out to the various municipalities, many of which were then under indictment or investigation.

We're the most deeply indebted state in the nation and a big reason is thatRowland borrowed so much money for downtown redevelopment projects. To date these projects have produced more criminal convictions than real jobs.

In Bridgeport and Waterbury the mayors, both now in jail, were under indictment or investigation.

The Governor's hand picked state treasurer was under indictment.

Fox had worked with all these people and under the canons of judicial ethics would have been forced to recuse himself from nearly every major case in his office.

Ultimately he didn't get the job. In the end, the civil service professionals of the Justice Department were ableto make the argument within the Department and stop his appointment.

Not even John Ashcroft was willing to give him the go ahead. Rowland then proposed a lawyer, who was the husband of one of the Governor's legal staff.

His name is Kevin O'Connor.

He got the job.

And he is now the U.S. Attorney. He has recused himself from the Rowland cases, because of that connection.

So the civil servants in that office have essentially brought these cases on their own. They have been heros. There is one assistant U.S. Attorney in theoffice named Nora Dannehy.

I have never met her. Along with a handful of hercolleagues she has brought all these cases.

Somebody should give this woman a plaque. We are now without doubt the most corrupt state in the nation and thatone office has been fighting it all alone.

CCR: When you say – all of these cases “ you mean which ones?

CURRY: The Governor's deputy chief of staff has pled guilty to taking bribes inexchange for state construction contracts in the form of gold coins which heburied in his back yard. His name is Lawrence Alibozek. He awaits sentencing. The former Treasurer of the State, his name is Paul Silvester, is in prison fortaking bribes in exchange for state business. Silvester had met with Fox to plan fund raising.

The fundraising included bringing the Governor down to New York to raise money from the various companies Silvester placing state funds with.When it all came out, Rowland said he remembered going to New York with Silvester to raise money but had no idea that the people ponying up the doughdid bussiness with the state. Oh, the governor's choice for Secretary of Statealso awaits sentencing.

CCR: Then there are the mayors “

CURRY: Two mayors of Waterbury who were in jail at the same time Joseph Santopietro and Phillip Giordano. Santopietro for corruption.

Giordano turned out to be like Caligula.

He's in jail for horrid sexual crimes committed againstminors right in the mayor's office. The feds haven't even been gotten to charges from the corruption investigation during which they stumbled over the sex felonies.

Santopietro is out on community release. The Mayor of Bridgeport, Joseph Ganim, is in prison for corruption.

CCR: Based on those five, you say Connecticut is the most corrupt state in theunion?

CURRY: Three mayors, a state treasurer, a deputy chief of staff, and there areindictments expected for the rest of the Rowland entourage. The most widely expected indictment are those connected to Alibozek, the man who buried the goldin his yard. The Governor's chief of staff and the Governor's largest donor are odds on favorites to enter the criminal justice system real soon.

Certainly no one herecan think of a case in New England where the top echelons of government have allgone marching off together like this to jail.

CCR: You are saying that what turned this case around from the public not caringto the public demanding the Governor's resignation is the action of assistantU.S. Attorneys?

CURRY: Absolutely. There is a kind Lois Gibbs/Erin Brockovich aspect to this story, about how one person can not only beat but imprison city hall.

CCR: Are you saying that a whistleblower stood up and did the right thing? Or isit someone at the U.S. Attorney's office who connected the dots?

CURRY: The U.S. Attorney's office for sure but almost certainly somewhistleblowers as well. Let me say I don't know what their sources are. I haveno lines into that office. I haven't sought any, I'm sure they wouldn't allow meany. Until they tell their stories, we won't know all their sources. I have sometheories about it. Some of it I think I know. But we'll see.

CCR: Republicans are calling on Rowland to resign. There are calls forimpeachment. Who controls the state legislature?

CURRY: The Democrats do. Leaders of both parties have done nothing but ditherand equivocate. As I said it's like it was with Clinton only different. With Rowland the politicians are all confused and the public is as clear eyed as can be. The politicians are so useless because government in Connecticut has beenof, by and for political insiders for so long.

CCR: What are the odds that there will be an impeachment?

CURRY: Overwhelming.

CCR: What are the odds that he will resign in disgrace first?

CURRY: I don't know. When the polls came out, the rank and file legislators –Democrat and Republican – began to break and run. The polls showed over 80percent of the public feels the Governor is dishonest and untrustworthy.

Something like 70 percent feel he shouldresign. A substantial majority supports impeachment.

CCR: If people outside of Connecticut know anything about the case, they have heard that he said that he paid for the renovations to his cottage, when in fact he didn't pay for it himself. He lied about it.

It's a Capone kind of thing —you commit egregious acts, but are hung for lying or filing false tax returns.

CURRY: That is almost always the way it is. They end up getting these guys forthe smaller things they can actually catch them out at. Rowland is looking atthe possibility of a Capone like prosecution – income tax evasion. That wouldbe the easiest case to prove. Sometimes it is hard for people to grasp just how much they've been victimized by a hustle like the one Rowland and Tomasso ran on state bidding. A massive story of pandemic corruption that costs the state tens of millions of dollars isbefore the public.

But it is slightly abstract. On the other hand, a free hot tub at the cottage,with a new kitchen and cathedral ceilings and then lying about it.

Obvious and improbable lies about going to a store and buying stuff himself –that's stuff people understand. The lies were so flagrant. It was so humiliating when he was caught.

Rowland is a compulsive and casual liar about matters large and small. What is most interesting about this case is not what he did, but how we let him get away with it for so long. How did so many institutions fail?

How did so many decent people become the enablers of corruption?

CCR: Would he have gotten away with it had it not been for this cottage deal?

CURRY: I don't think so. Rowland's popularity dropped 20 percent the Friday after his election victory over me. On that day, he admitted that he had been lying through his teeth all year about the state's fiscal condition. It was the same problem Gray Davis had. Because our real fiscal condition wasn'tjust poor but horrible and because he'd lied about it so relentlessly, peoplewere outraged.

He only holds office now because we don't have a recall procedure in Connecticut. Then a few months later, his deputy chief of staff made his made for cable TV movie admission of burying gold coins in his backyard – coins he had gottenfrom a major contractor for awarding him state business.

It was then that the public began to suspect there was a decent chance not only that Rowland had lied about the budget but that he was deeply corrupt as well. Out of that investigation came the news that Alibozek, Tomasso and others, who the feds were investigating for the bid-rigging, had been visiting the Governor's cottage and treating him to a new kitchen, a new living room, a deck, a hot tub, and other substantial home improvements.

Then too the news broke that he had been taking free vacation travel from state contractors and had charged $50,000 on Republican Party credit cards for his own personal use. So the cottage story didn't hit in a vacuum.

If it hadn't been that it was bound to be something else. The feds were bearing down and there had been just too many lies. When Rowland woke up to how much trouble he was in he did what came naturally to him. He told even more lies with even less forethought. By this time the prosecutors knew he was lying even as the words were leaving his mouth. He was cooked.

CCR: Who is the Governor's lawyer?

CURRY: William Dow from New Haven.

CCR: You said that Connecticut is the most corrupt state in the nation. We have completed a report on public corruption in the United States. It is based on areport that the Justice Department just released on public corruption convictions over the last decade state-by-state.

The report documents a corruption rate, based on number of public corruption convictions per capita.

Connecticut's corruption rate is 2.16 convictions per 100,000 population overthe last ten years.

That brings it in at number 32 – with number one being the most corrupt and number 50 being the least corrupt.

Now again, these are just statistics covering 1993 to 2002. Louisiana comes in third with a corruptionrate of 7.05.

CURRY: Let me suggest some methodological problems. One – you leave out 2003 and 2004, the years in which I would assert that my theory is being proved true.

There were lots of convictions last year and there are lots more convictions to come this year.

Second, look who is going down – the Governor, the Secretaryof State nominee, the State Treasurer, mayors, commissioners, the chief ofstaff, the deputy chief of staff. With all due respect to Louisiana andMississippi can they really match that?

CCR: You say Connecticut is the most corrupt state and you call Connecticut"Louisiana with foliage." The people in Louisiana are not happy.

CURRY: Yeah, but by and large they concede that they are an inevitabletouchstone in matters of public corruption and fall back on what they see astheir strongest argument-- that I'm underestimating their foliage. I still sayNew England for foliage and New Orleans for Mardi Gras. And I'm working to handthe corruption crown back to them.

CCR: How has the Rowland scandal changed your life?

CURRY: In most ways not at all.

CCR: But if you decide to run for Governor again, it will have changed yourlife.

CURRY: Sure. Throughout the year, more than ever before in my life, I've beengetting back just wonderful feedback from the public. Rowland admitted to such abig lie about the budget just three days after the polls closed. The only campaign commercial I had money to run on broadcast television was a commercialwith the tag line - "Governor Rowland what did you do with all of that money?" In my debates, in my speeches, in all my editorial and other interviews, I pounded home that we were in terrible fiscal shape and that a big part of thereason was that the governor and his friends were looting the treasury.

When it all turned out to be true the state came down with the worst case ofbuyer's remorse you ever saw. People have been wonderfully affirming of me eversince. But while it was a real consolation, it's not the same as gettingthe job.

CCR: Which you might get next time.

CURRY: I'm going to finish this book, take a deep breath, and make a decision inthe spring. I do not feel as if I'm done with elective politics. I still believethis is the single job in which one person can do the most good for others.

CCR: If he is impeached or resigns, what is the provision in Connecticut law foran emergency election?

CURRY: There isn't one. It's one of the questions I've raised with people in the last few weeks.

As in most states, the Lt. Governor takes over.

I think that's amistake.

I think we designed the offices of vice president and Lt. Governor with an eye to the death or incapacity of the President or Governor.

I believe that when a chief executive is marched out of office for impeachable offenses, we should have an election to fill the remainder of the term. The idea that a member of Rowland's posse simply follows in Rowland's footsteps is a bad one.

CCR: Has the Lt. Governor, Jodi Rell, been implicated?

CURRY: When her son was found by state environmental officers to be running a stolen property ring out of her basement for Skidoos, the environmental officers who made the arrests had their careers threatened.

They suffered until it hit the press and then the administration backed off. Shedenied any involvement in the retaliation.

Again, Connecticut's extraordinary unwillingness to investigate the apparent corruption of its own elected officials saved her from further public embarrassment. In any event, she has been a happy, willing partner and an insider in the Rowland administration for nine years.

CCR: The next election is scheduled in 2006.

CURRY: Right.

CCR: What is the impeachment proceeding like in Connecticut?

CURRY: It's a lot like the federal system. There has only been one impeachmentever here, against a probate judge. So there's uncertainty about what Housecommittee would conduct the investigation and under what rules and procedures. And unlike a Presidential impeachment, the impeachment of a Connecticut Governor requires the Governor to step aside while the investigation is going on.

When the investigatory committee is convened, the Governor must take leave of the office, the Lt. Governor takes over and the Governor doesn't return unless anduntil he is acquitted.

CCR: And finally, what is your read on what is going to happen?

CURRY: I think indictments against the Governor's chief of staff and his largestdonor for bid-rigging will come down soon – probably in a matter of weeks, notmonths. Here's a man with the lowest favorability ratings ever recorded ineither major state poll for any public official.

Over 80 percent of the peoplenow characterize him as a liar and untrustworthy. When the sonic boom of the bidrigging indictment story hits the papers, I believe he will then be gone within a very few days.

CCR: This is a headline yet to be written.

CURRY: That is correct.

[Contact: Bill Curry, 119 Town Farm Road, Farmington, Connecticut 06032.Telephone: (860) 676-1106.

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