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By Bipartisan Women’s Caucus of the Connecticut General Assembly
October 18, 2023

VICTIM/SUSPECT follows reporterRachel de Leon as she uncovers anationwide pattern—includinghere in Connecticut—of youngwomen reporting sexual assault tothe police and being charged withfalse reporting.


Gomes Says Bridgeport Police Have Not Asked Him How He Obtained Absentee Ballot Box Videos

By Brian Lockhart
October 2, 2023

Democratic mayoral candidate John Gomes leaves the courthouse with his campaign manager Christine Bartlett-Josie, in Bridgeport, Conn. Sept. 22, 2023.


Truck Driver Sues Ex-Employer For Mischaracterizing Fatal Car Crash As ‘Preventable’

By Emily Cousins
January 12, 2023

The report concluded that there ‘were no signs of impairment or reckless driving from’ operator Eugene Mercer,” the complaint said.


Judge Drops Greenwich Rtc Chairman, Tesei As Defendants In Kordick’s Lawsuit Over Trump-camillo Signs; Kordick Appeals

By Robert Marchant
December 23, 2022

GREENWICH — A state Superior Court judge has ruled that two defendants named in a civil lawsuit fifiled by former police Capt. Mark Kordick can be dropped from the suit. Kordick’s lawyer has fifiled to appeal that decision.


Judge’s Memorandum Of Decision: What A Reasonable Jury Might Find In Kordick V Greenwich

December 5, 2022

It’s been three years since the morning Greenwich residents woke up to discover the red and white Trump/Camillo lawn signs.


In Affluent Greenwich, It’s Republicans Vs. ‘Trumplicans’

By Dan Barry
November 6, 2022

Over the summer, the Greenwich Country Day School sent out an invitation for its annual Cider and Donuts event. To emphasize its commitment to diversity, the school noted that the autumn gathering was open to families “who identify as Black, Asian, Latinx, multiracial, indigenous, Middle Eastern, and/or people of color.”


Police Captain Fired After ‘Signgate’ Files Lawsuit Against Greenwich, Officials

By Ken Borsuk
Greenwich Time

June 30, 2020

GREENWICH — Former police Capt. Mark Kordick has filed a lawsuit against the town of Greenwich, First Selectman Fred Camillo, former First Selectman Peter Tesei and two others claiming that his rights were violated when he was red earlier this year.


State Police Sergeant Sues, Claims He Was Reassigned After Reporting Sexually Inappropriate Conduct Of Counter-Terrorism Colleague

By Zach Murdock
Hartford Courant
Feb. 18, 2020

A state police sergeant claims he was retaliated against by public safety Commissioner James Rovella early last year after the sergeant reported sexually inappropriate lunch conversation of a colleague.


Kordick’s Attorney And Camillo Both Want A Resolution To ‘Signgate’

By Ken Borsuk
Greenwich Time
Feb. 16, 2020

GREENWICH — Frustration is growing among all involved over the lack of resolution in the case of Greenwich Police Department Capt. Mark Kordick, who remains on paid administrative leave.



Greenwich Police Captain Remains On Paid Leave Weeks After ‘Signgate’

By Ken Borsuk
Greenwich Time
Nov. 19, 2019

GREENWICH — The future for Greenwich police Capt. Mark Kordick remains unclear more than three weeks after the department disciplined him for purchasing political signs that linked then first selectman candidate Fred Camillo to President Donald Trump



State Police Settlement Reinstates Trooper To Lieutenant

By Dave Collins, Associated Press
May 6, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials have agreed to reverse the demotion of a state police lieutenant who said he was wrongly accused of drunken driving hours after pulling a fellow officer to safety during a shootout, according to a lawsuit settlement.


What Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Donald Trump And #METOO Mean For Trial Lawyers

Recent events have brought sexual abuse and harassment to the forefront. It remains prevalent. If you are make ( and naive), ask your wife, your sister, your daughter, or any female colleague. If you are a woman, you already know. It is everywhere. It does not just happen to actress and models; it happens to…





Bristol To Pay $250,000 In Sex Harassment Suit Against Former Mayor Ken Cockayne

Hartford Courant, Don Stacom October 3, 2018 The city has agreed to pay $250,000 to a female employee who accused former Mayor Ken Cockayne of sexually harassing her. The payout will settle a federal lawsuit by Noelle Bates, who also contended that Bristol’s former personnel director and city attorney tried to squelch her complaints. Bates alleged a pattern…


Distinguished Leader: Q&A With Lewis Chimes

On March 24, 2016, a Connecticut jury awarded the largest race discrimination verdict in either state or federal court in Connecticut – $3.4 million. The case, won by attorney Lewis Chimes, whose law office is in Stamford, involved Yosif Bakhit, a black Sudanese Muslim immigrant who was granted political asylum here.

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Details Aug252017

CLT’s 2017 Distinguished Leaders Announced

The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners of Distinguished Leader honors in the publication’s annual Professional Excellence Awards. The following attorneys were nominated by their peers and selected by a panel to be this year’s honorees, who will be celebrated at the annual Connecticut Legal Awards Dinner Oct. 3 at the Bond Room in Hartford:



New Haven Register

Details Aug16, 2017


Black New Haven Public Works Employee Alleges Racist Work Environment In Lawsuit

An African-American Public Works employee is suing the department and his supervisor for allegedly creating a hostile work environment rampant with racist incidents and discriminatory language that targeted the employee for several years.

Details Aug7, 2017


The New York Times

Split Decision For Officers Alleging Bias In Promotions

Greenwich unlawfully discriminated against five of the eight African-American and Latino police officers who sued the town three years ago, a federal jury ruled this week in a closely watched case.


Those five will share damage awards totaling $157,000, assuming the town does not appeal. A lawyer for the town said that decision had not yet been made.



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Yosif Bakhit Recognized As Courageous Plaintiff At National Employment Lawyers Conference



Yosif Bakhit was a black Muslim Sudanese immigrant who was granted political asylum in the United States after he fled his native country, Sudan. Bakhit was a high school student who had been arrested and beaten several times as a result of his political opposition to the ongoing civil war in the Sudan. He came to the United States in 2000. When he came to the United States, he spoke very little English and had no money. He was homeless for a period of time. He got a job, learned English and ended up in Bridgeport Connecticut. Yosif became a United States citizen in 2011.


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Details Mar152016

Two Connecticut Men Win More Than $3 Million In Race Discrimination Case Against Bridgeport Company

A federal jury Friday awarded more than $1.5 million each in punitive damages to two men who had filed discrimination and hostile work environment charges against a Bridgeport-based highway and road marking company.


Department of Justice | Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur | 3 Stars

Details Jan122016

Connecticut Medical Equipment Company Pays $600,000 To Settle False Claims Act Allegations

United States Attorney Deirdre M. Daly and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that J&L MEDICAL SERVICES, LLC (“J&L MEDICAL”) has entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal and state governments in which it will pay $600,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the federal and state False Claims Acts.

Stamford Advocate

Details Feb102015

Ex- Stamford Language Leader Sues Schools Claiming Retaliation

The former head of the public schools’ English Language Learners program says the district retaliated against her for uncovering problems that led to a Department of Justice investigation, a suit she filed against the city’s school system alleges.

Kristina Lawson alleges that Hamilton and others in the district punished and ultimately demoted her after she raised concerns that the district was over-reporting the number of ELL-eligible students and misallocating program funds. She oversaw the program from July 2010 until January 2013.