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A finding of guilt by a jury isn’t the end of the line. Many criminal convictions have been overturned on appeal. Cases in Manchester and Hartford can be appealed to the Connecticut Appellate Court and to the Connecticut Supreme Court. These higher courts usually review questions of law that were made in the trial of…

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This holiday season will be unlike any other holiday season in some respects, due to the pandemic. Many people are staying inside. Many shoppers are buying online. A lot of people are struggling financially because they can’t run their business, or they can’t meet with the people they need to see. Still, if there’s one…

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When a supplier or retailer significantly bumps up the price of a product during a crisis or emergency, they can be investigated for and charged with price gouging. Partner Ryan Barry recently represented a client accused of price gouging by the Attorney General’s Office for selling face masks in violation of Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices…

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Jury sequestration is the isolation of a jury to avoid accidental or deliberate tainting of the jury by exposing them to outside influence or information that is not admissible in court and can be a “hot” topic for criminal defense lawyers. On one hand, trying to control the information jury members see and hear outside…

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A defendant in any criminal proceeding has the right to challenge the admissibility of improperly obtained evidence. Experienced Hartford criminal defense lawyers often file formal motions to suppress evidence if the evidence was seized illegally. A few examples of illegally seized evidence include searching your home because you look like someone else, searching you because…

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has a four-tiered structure designed to address breaches of the NCAA Constitution and bylaws. According to the President of Oregon State University and the former chair of the NCAA Executive Committee, “Having four levels of violations is helpful because it allows us to distinguish between severe and significant in…

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Many states, including Connecticut, have programs which give some offenders of non-serious crimes the right to choose an alternative to pleading guilty or being tried for the alleged crimes or offenses. Here, the alternative program is available to defendants and to veterans charged with certain crimes and motor vehicle offenses when the court believes the…

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