Saturday, August 25, 2007

Justice and Political Influence is For Sale

[click here] for a post with a picture of me with Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell
Connecticut's worst Attorney, Lawyer Michael H. Agranoff? [click here]

Do Connecticut Police hire hit men to kill those that make police misconduct complaints? [click here] for video and more

Should Connecticut have a bridge dedicated to Blowjobs and Drunk Driving? Should Neil R. Esposito have a bridge on Rt. 91 in Connecticut named for him?



A blowjob, car crash, politically powerful man dead, and alleged police/court tampering, skewed investigations, and harassment allegedly orchestrated out of a governor's office. Did Col. Lynch of the Connecticut State Police illegally have a State Police Investigation results changed so that powerful Neil R. Esposito relatives got Neil's millions, not Heather for her pain and suffering? If so, why haven't Lynch and other police officers been arrested? The Connecticut State Police retaliate against citizens that lodge police misconduct complaints with their secret enemies list [more, click here] ...

Helen Ubinas, Hartford Courant (ctnow.com)

Muddied Esposito Case Victimizes All Involved
April 29, 2004

And so it ended the way it began, with talk of sex and influence-peddling.

Five weeks of testimony, dueling scientists and the manslaughter case against Heather Specyalski rested on the same two questions that prompted the case: Was she performing oral sex on Neil Esposito at the time of the crash that killed him? And how much influence did the wealthy and connected Esposito family have in reopening the investigation?

All that time and money - a good $100,000 for expert testimony on each side. All those witnesses - about 60. All those pictures and graphics - so many that defense exhibits were labeled with quintuple letters.

And of course, the dramatic unveiling of the obliterated Mercedes.And in the end, neither the steamy sex-and-subornation defense nor the cold, conflicting facts have gotten us any closer to knowing what happened the night Specyalski and Esposito drove away from a Middletown restaurant five years ago.

Was Specyalski driving the night Esposito died? Or was it Esposito himself? Is the family trying to protect a family fortune from a manipulating gold-digger? Or is an innocent woman going to be railroaded, a victim of their money or power?

It's doubtful anyone will know for sure. Paid experts delivered testimony for their employers. State police investigators reached conflicting conclusions. A governor's office with ethical problems of its own muddied the situation even more.

What should we conclude from the assignment of a state police veteran to remedial training after a well-connected family objects to his findings? Was it because he screwed up the case, or because he came back with the wrong conclusion? "Because it didn't please the Esposito family," said Specyalski's defense attorney, Jeremiah Donovan.

Sex and conspiracy. Prosecutor Maureen Platt dismissed both as diversionary tactics. When you don't have a case, she said, what better way than to appeal to the basest instincts.

Should we pity Poor Heather Specyalski? she asked. What's so poor about a woman who is suing the Esposito estate for $20 million.

The Espositos, she contended, were victims of their own money and power. So what they made calls? So what Gov. John Rowland's confidante responded? Should they be punished for being wealthy? For being connected? For knowing how to get things done?

"I'm not saying people who have money have more rights," she said. But should they have fewer?

If it had been a poor family who had gotten that far, she said, wouldn't we all have applauded?

Well, of course we would. More than that: For a poor family without connections to get that much official intercession would have been a miracle worthy of papal acknowledgement.

About the only thing that is clear after weeks of testimony is that everyone involved is a victim. Neil Esposito lost his life. His children lost a father. Even his parents, who in their own way were trying to protect the reputation of their son, wound up tarnishing his name irreparably.

And of course there's Specyalski, whose life has already been changed forever by the injuries she suffered in the accident, now facing 25 years in prison.

The jury starts deliberations today. Specyalski has already had a talk with her son about the possibility that she might go away for a long time. She said Neil was a good man, and that this was an accident.

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Text of Letter and Fax:


November 30, 2006
Subject: Possible Connecticut Governor Rell election fraud and other racketeering and obstruction of justice crimes going on in Connecticut
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Specyalski Jury Hears Sex Theory Closings
April 29, 2004
By ALAINE GRIFFIN, Hartford Courant Staff Writer (ctnow.com)

MIDDLETOWN -- The sex act defense that put Heather Specyalski's manslaughter trial in the national spotlight hardly surfaced during 19 days of testimony from 60 witnesses with more than 400 court exhibits.

But during final arguments Wednesday - the last day before jurors would begin deliberating Specyalski's conviction or acquittal in the death of her former boyfriend, Neil Esposito - the unusual defense was the center of attention.

Prosecutor Maureen Platt spent most of her rebuttal discounting the suggestion that Specyalski was performing oral sex on Esposito at the time of the automobile crash that killed him and permanently injured her.

"That comes in now and all of a sudden we're supposed to believe that?" Platt asked jurors.

Specyalski's attorney Jeremiah Donovan listed "sex" as one of 10 things he wanted to discuss with the jury when outlining his closing arguments.

The six jurors are considering three charges against Specyalski - second-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle and misconduct with a motor vehicle. If they convict her of all three charges, she could face up to 25 years in prison.

Specyalski and Esposito were in the "process of reconciling" the day of the accident, Donovan said. They danced closely, kissed and held hands at the Halloween party they attended before the crash.

Then, the Mercedes-Benz they were traveling in on their way to Esposito's Rocky Hill home swerved off the road - for an unknown reason, Donovan said.

"If they had been engaged in this [sex act], we don't know," Donovan said. "But it gives rise to reasonable doubt."

Paramedics at the crash scene testified seeing Esposito's pants pulled down between his knees and ankles. Neither his pants nor his underwear were torn and the zipper was pulled down.

"There are only two people who can tell us if this happened," Donovan said. "Heather can't remember and Neil can't tell us."

Donovan conceded that none of the experts who reconstructed the crash explained their theories with Specyalski's head in Esposito's lap, but the lawyer said she may have been pushed upright in her seat as the speeding car went into a yaw before crashing. Both Esposito and Specyalski had been drinking.

Scott D. Batterman, one of the state's expert witnesses, testified that if Specyalski had been performing oral sex on Esposito, her head and neck would have been pinned in the car. Paramedics found Specyalski on her back, her torso was sticking outside of the broken driver's side window. Her legs were inside the car.

"Don't you think her head would have been in the dirt instead of being sunny-side up looking at the sky?" Platt asked jurors in her rebuttal. She also mentioned photos of Esposito at the crash scene that showed his shirt ripped off his body.

"Was ripping his shirt part of the sex act as well?" Platt asked.

Before the trial began, Platt filed a motion asking Judge Robert L. Holzberg to bar testimony about the sex act without "a good-faith basis for such inquiry." Holzberg allowed the defense, saying a defendant has a right to offer a defense "no matter how outlandish, silly or unbelievable one might think it will be."

News reports about the defense provoked national tittering with Specyalski's case a subject on raunchy radio host Howard Stern's show. Political commentator Rush Limbaugh dubbed it a "Lewinsky defense."

Platt attacked the sex-act theory and defense claims that the politically connected Esposito family used its influence to have the governor's office push for a re-investigation of the crash. She called it "fire setting" by Donovan - an effort to focus jurors on lurid allegations instead of evidence presented in the case.

State police initially ruled that Esposito was driving when his leased Mercedes went out of control on Route 9 in Cromwell and crashed on Oct. 30, 1999. They closed the case.

But Jo McKenzie, Gov. John G. Rowland's longtime aide and political confidant, testified that she personally contacted then-Public Safety Commissioner Henry C. Lee about reopening the case after a member of the Esposito family called her for help. After Esposito's father, Raymond Esposito, wrote a letter to Lee citing inconsistencies in the first investigation, Specyalski was identified as the driver and arrested in November 2000.

Platt pointed out a statement Specyalski's brother gave to a state trooper in which he said, "The driver of the vehicle was my sister, Heather Specyalski." She pointed to injuries Specyalski suffered on her left side as proof that Specyalski was driving. She said Specyalski's left leg was trapped between the steering wheel and a large dent in the driver's side door that was caused when the car hit a concrete block after leaving the road.

Holding up a poster-sized photo of the wrecked Mercedes and pointing to the mangled driver's side, Platt asked jurors: "If I asked a child, `Who do you think had the most injuries?' What do you think they'd say?"

Donovan criticized the left-side injury theory, a fundamental premise Platt has stuck to throughout the trial. He pointed to a gash in Specyalski's left thigh that Dennis Shanahan, a California-based injury expert, said was caused when the gear shift in the car's center console dug into her thigh as her body left the car's passenger seat.

Donovan said there is reasonable doubt simply because of the way the investigation was conducted and the fact that so many experts disagree about who was driving.

He also reiterated an image he has tried to put in jurors' minds throughout the trial: "There is no way on earth [Esposito] flew out that driver's side window past Heather Specyalski."

The prosecution has asserted that Esposito was thrown out the driver's side window in the crash while Specyalski remained behind the wheel.

Holzberg instructed jurors to judge each witness' credibility, including witnesses who may have received payment for testifying for either the prosecution or the defense. A number of expert witnesses received money from lawyers involved in civil lawsuits that have been filed in connection with the crash.

Holzberg singled out former Associate State Medical Examiner Arkady Katsnelson, who testified under oath that he accepted $300 to provide advice to Esposito's family for their civil lawsuit against Specyalski. Katsnelson was suspended the day after his testimony and has since retired from state service.

The above from a past post [found here]

A Judge with Morals, a Target of a Corrupt State Police

Ex-Chief Justice Speziale Dies






Excerpts: Reilly’s exoneration touched off nearly a decade of bitter recrimination between members of the judiciary and senior figures in the Connecticut state police. Police persisted in asserting, despite contradictory evidence, that Reilly, then a skinny 18-year-old, slashed his mother’s throat and ran her over with a car at their home in Canaan in 1973. The case gave rise to two books and a television movie.

The grand juror’s report amounted to a scathing indictment of the state police investigation of Gibbons’ murder.

Detectives were accused of ignoring evidence that pointed away from Reilly.

“Justice Speziale showed great leadership and courage in his handling of the Peter Reilly case by setting aside the verdict,” long-time Hartford defense lawyer Hubert Santos said.

Said Austin J. McGuigan, a former prosecutor: “He did what he believed to be the right thing, regardless of the consequences.”

The consequences continued for years. MORE



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Have Morals, get transferred out




Superior Court Judge Carmen L. Lopez

Excerpt: Lopez’s supporters are wondering why a veteran child-protection judge hailed nationally for her ability to combine legal expertise with her professional interest in juvenile justice is no longer handling the state’s most serious family cases. Story

Those within the judicial and law enforcement system risk losing their jobs or being transferred out for exposing corruption, streamlining, and actually acting in the public�s best interest, not selfish interests and for revenue collection.

Citizens speaking out about corruption, poor policies, rogue officials, and being screwed over by law enforcement and/or in the courts face harassment, arrests, prison, and/or other retaliation.

I assume the rest of the country operates similar to the way Connecticut does, but hasn�t gone down as far a path of self-destruction and sleaze.

Both the Judiciary and Law Enforcement top brass are notified of any proposed legislation regarding law enforcement and the courts through liaisons, and these liaisons let elected officials know whether or not they have permission to legislate regarding the police or the courts. What!!!???

So, who is really in charge, and does it even resemble the ideals of a Democratic Republic?
-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas



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A Corrupt Governor and a Homeland Security Scam Involving the State Police




Vincent J. DeRosa was named director of the state Homeland Security Department under former Gov. John G. Rowland.
(MARC-YVES REGIS I)

Mar. 7, 2002
Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant

More in the “Read More” Section




VINCENT DEROSA, longtime friend and driver of then-Gov. John G. Rowland, reportedly described to federal investigators the influencing of state contracts from the governors� office � and from a Vermont ski house � in return for cash, gifts and other favors. Rowland and DeRosa, right, are shown arriving for the 1998 funeral of a Connecticut State Lottery shooting victim.
(TONY BACEWICZ)

Mar. 6, 1998
Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant


More of the story from the Hartford Courant

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August 16, 2003

Is Rape not Rape if Committed by a Police Officer?

Abolish Police Unions Nationwide and promote Civilian Oversight of Police with quality control questionnaires should go out to those requiring police service and that call in.

In the early 70's, Serpico, played by Al Pacino in the movie, shows us that police should not police themselves. Serpico could not find a single officer nor NYC police official that was either willing to take his corruption complaint, not taking bribes, didn't care, or was not part of the corruption.

Connecticut Police officers have been accused of rape, shaking down prostitutes for cash and sex, harassing citizens, shooting unarmed citizens, harassment, acting as 'Armed Revenue Collectors' for towns and the State, pulling over motorists based on race, etc.

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Probe of sex allegation urges punishment for constable
By Christine McCluskey, Journal Inquirer August 07, 2003

ELLINGTON - State police have finished their investigation of Michael Nieliwocki, the town constable accused by a Glastonbury woman of sexually assaulting her in February 2002, and recommend that Ellington discipline Nieliwocki.

Town labor lawyer Anthony J. Palermino said Wednesday the discipline recommended could range "from suspension to discharge."

Abolish Police Unions Nationwide and promote 'Civilian Oversight of Police' with quality control questionnaires should go out to those requiring police service and that call in.

The early 70's, Serpico, played by Al Pacino in the movie, shows us that police should not police themselves. Serpico could not find a single officer nor NYC police official that was either willing to take his corruption complaint, not taking bribes, didn't care, or was not part of the corruption.

Connecticut Police officers have been accused of rape, shaking down prostitutes for cash and sex, harassing citizens, shooting unarmed citizens, harassment, acting as 'Armed Revenue Collectors' for towns and the State, pulling over motorists based on race, etc.

Are Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Police Officers immune from prosecution for a White Officer raping of age, underage women, and for other crimes and police misconduct?

Probe of sex allegation urges punishment for constable
By Christine McCluskey, Journal Inquirer August 07, 2003

ELLINGTON - State police have finished their investigation of Michael Nieliwocki, the town constable accused by a Glastonbury woman of sexually assaulting her in February 2002, and recommend that Ellington discipline Nieliwocki.

Town labor lawyer Anthony J. Palermino said Wednesday the discipline recommended could range "from suspension to discharge." Palermino said it is up to the town whether Nieliwocki will be disciplined at all, and if so what form that discipline will take, because Nieliwocki is a town employee.

The months-long state police internal affairs investigation found no reason to prosecute Nieliwocki, Palermino said. "They found no reason for an arrest or a prosecution on the claim of sexual assault ... there wasn't enough evidence," he said. "But the internal affairs investigation feels there is still cause for some form of discipline." "Had there been an arrest or something, there might have been some action taken," Palermino added.Nieliwocki was put on administrative duty last fall pending the results of the investigation.

Ellington officials have been waiting for the investigation results before taking any further action. First Selectman Michael Stupinski is still reviewing the report.

Birthday party gone wrong According to a lengthy Vernon police report, on the night of Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, the woman was celebrating her sister's 21st birthday at Cioppino's Restaurant and Pub on Route 83 in Ellington.

Nieliwocki responded to a call that a fight had broken out at Cioppino's and found the drunken woman fighting with her sister outside, the report states.

Nieliwocki, who was 38 at the time, drove the 23-year-old woman to a Vernon hotel. "She stated that she cannot remember what happened with the police, but remembers that all she wanted to do was to go home with" her sister, Vernon Detective Michael E. Greenier wrote.

But police "would not let them leave together because they were fighting," the report continues. "She said that a police officer named Michael told her that she could not drive home and she could not go home with" her sister. "So she had to go to a motel."According to the report, Nieliwocki drove the woman to the Holiday Inn Express on Kelly Road in Vernon, where he helped her check in, left, and later returned in his private vehicle after he was off duty at 3 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 9.

He was still wearing his uniform, however.

A hotel clerk saw the two together and said the woman spoke loudly and slurred her words. Later that night, the clerk said he walked by the room and heard what sounded like consensual sexual activity, the report says.Another trooper who responded to the fight at the bar told Vernon police that Nieliwocki was in the parking lot with the woman and "at the time he told his trainee that the way Nieliwocki was allowing her to get so close to him was totally unsafe," the report says.

According to the report, the woman woke up in the hotel room Feb. 9 wearing only socks.

She went to Rockville General Hospital on Feb. 9 with bruises on her legs.

Around 10 p.m. that night, a hospital nurse called Vernon police on behalf of the woman to make a sexual assault complaint.

The woman told police she had been "really drunk and stoned" the night before. Later, she cooperated with Vernon police, making phone calls to Nieliwocki while police listened.

Invited in?

Nieliwocki later told police the woman had invited him to her hotel room, and that he went there after the end of his shift. He said they did not have intercourse but that they did engage in sexual activity.

"This is a problem, I know it was consensual ... This is every man's nightmare. You have sex and then someone says it was rape," Nieliwocki told Greenier, according to the report.

Nieliwocki told police he could not tell whether the woman was intoxicated. "He stated that he could not tell if a person was intoxicated without running them through tests first."I then questioned that if he [is a] trained police officer, and he could not tell if she was intoxicated, then perhaps he could explain to me why the desk clerk felt that she was.

"He stated that not everyone could tell when a person was intoxicated," Greenier wrote.An 11-month investigation by the Vernon Police Department and the chief state's attorney's office found insufficient evidence to criminally charge Nieliwocki.State police conducted their own internal investigation of Nieliwocki because, although he is a town employee, as a constable he reports to the town's resident state trooper.

Though state police had said the findings of the internal investigator were expected in February, it was not until last month that the report was released to the town.On June 25, state police spokesman Sgt. J. Paul Vance said the reason for the delay was that this is a "very involved report" that had to be "scrutinized" by several people.

The woman's lawyer, William H. Paetzold of Glastonbury, could not be reached for comment today.Paetzold said in January that his client intended to file a federal lawsuit against Nieliwocki and the town.

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=9971578&BRD=985&PAG=461&dept_id=161556&rfi=8

P.S. Enfield, Connecticut, Police were sent to doors collecting overdue library fines. This just goes to show us it is about the cash not about the criminals.

-Steven G. Erickson

Posted by Vikingas at August 16, 2003 06:12 AM
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Arthur L. Spada head of DPS, Connecticut State Police demoted the highest ranking woman in the State Police allegedly because she was a woman. There also have been accusations of bias against minorities lodged against CT departments.

From the Hartford Courant, September 27, 2003:

Police Officer Wins Settlement
Hartford To Pay More Than $200,000 In Compensation

September 27, 2003
By TINA A. BROWN, Courant Staff Writer

The city must pay a Hartford police officer more than $200,000 in back wages and other compensation because it failed to reinstate him when a larceny charge was dismissed eight years ago.

The settlement was accepted Friday in Hartford Superior Court by Judge Thomas Corrigan. The city did not acknowledge wrongdoing but agreed that Juan A. Morales would receive $206,874 in back pay, $20,874 for sick days and $34,995 in pension benefits, and an undisclosed amount for attorney fees, the court document shows. After taxes and a pension deferral, the payment totals $225,000.

Additionally, Morales was reinstated on paper to his position as a patrol officer. He then resigned effective January 2004. Over the next five months, Morales is expected to continue accruing time toward his pension. In addition to the lump sum, the city will pay Morales more than $1,000 a week until his retirement becomes official, the agreement says.

"I think this is an excellent disposition," Morales' lawyer, Michael A. Georgetti, said Friday.

The settlement reached Friday marks the fourth time in recent years the city has paid back wages to a Hartford police officer accused of on-duty corruption.

Morales, Joseph Smith, now known as Joseph Davis, and Matthew Rivera, all were accused of stealing city time after a grand jury, following an 18-month investigation, accused them of hanging out at the Charter Oak Package store during their shifts. The charges were later dismissed. Rivera and Smith returned to work after they obtained lump sum payments from the city.

Also, the city was ordered to pay another officer, Eric Smith, more than $120,000 in July after that officer was cleared of sexual assault allegations. His arrest did not stem from the grand jury's findings.

Morales was a 12-year police veteran when he was arrested and accused of loafing in July 1995. He tried unsuccessfully over the past eight years to get his job back. He sued the city in 2001 seeking back wages, pension benefits and attorney fees. Georgetti said Morales was forced to sue the city because he could not obtain a hearing. He said Morales might have gone back to work as a patrol officer if the city had given him a hearing.

The city attorneys declined to comment for this story.

Gates Landry, police union president, said, "It's a reasonable settlement. All parties are in agreement. Hopefully this ends an unhappy chapter in the police department and we can all move on with our lives."

Courant Staff Writer Matt Burgard contributed to this story

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