Connecticut State Supreme Court Tosses Conviction, Frees Man Who Raped Woman With Severe Cerebral Palsy – She Can’t Communicate, But Court Said There Was No Evidence She Could Not Communicate

October 5, 2012

CONNECTICUT – The state Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a Bridgeport man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a severely handicapped woman.

Justices ruled, 4-3, that despite evidence that the 26-year-old woman cannot speak and has little body movement, there was no evidence she could not communicate her refusal to have sex with the defendant, Richard Fourtin Jr.

Fourtin’s lawyer, Senior Assistant Public Defender Nicole Donzello, declined to comment on the decision.

Fourtin, 28, was convicted in 2008 of attempted sexual assault and sentenced to six years in prison.

The woman, who was not identified in court, has severe cerebral palsy and cannot verbally communicate, according to court documents.

The ruling centers around the state proving that the victim was physically helpless at the time of the attack, which is defined as ‘‘unconscious or for any other reason is physically unable to communicate
unwillingness to an act.”

However, defense lawyers argued that there was evidence she could communicate by biting, kicking, screaming and gesturing.

“(W)e, like the Appellate Court, ‘’are not persuaded that the state produced any credible evidence that the [victim] was either unconscious or so uncommunicative that she was physically incapable of manifesting to the defendant her lack of consent to sexual intercourse at the time of the alleged sexual assault,’ the opinion states.

State Rep Gerald Fox III (D-Stamford), who serves as House Chair of the Judiciary Committee, said he will push for legislation to clarify state law.

Several local groups that work with victims are outraged by the decision.

“We are incredibly disappointed with the State Supreme Court’s decision in the Fourtin case,” said Anna Doroghazi, director of public policy and communication at Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services said in a statement. “The court’s interpretation of what it means to be ‘physically helpless’ jeopardizes the safety of people with disabilities.”

“By implying that the victim in this case should have bitten or kicked her assailant, this ruling effectively holds people with disabilities to a higher standard than the rest of the population when it comes to proving lack of consent in sexual assault cases,” Doroghazi said. “Failing to bite an assailant is not the same thing as consenting to sexual activity.”

The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities said the state should be protecting people with disabilities.

“People with disabilities are much more likely to be sexually assaulted than people who do not have disabilities. Our justice system should provide them with protection, not require them to resist their attackers,” James McGaughey, the organization’s executive director said.

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State Of Connecticut Hassles Hoarder, Who Would Rather Die Than Deal With State’s Social Workers – Leaving One Dead And His Sick Mother Seriously Injured

October 2, 2012

GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT – An extreme hoarding situation ended in extreme sadness on Tuesday. It may have been a final act of defiance that killed a man and seriously injured his sick mother.

The run-down home has been an eyesore for years, attracting complaints from neighbors and the city of Greenwich. Now, the woman who owns it is badly burned and her 42-year-old son is dead, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.

The fire started inside a home jammed with stacks of personal possessions — a hoarder’s den turned death trap.

“Smoke pouring out of the house and we said there’s someone still inside, and about five or six minutes later they took the second person out in an ambulance over there,” neighbor Richard Meehan said.

“The fire department has determined it was intentionally set,” Greenwich Police Lt. Craig Gray said.

An intervention was apparently already underway in connection with the clutter inside. A dumpster on site was supposed to be used to house the many belongings the occupants had amassed. The fire, apparently set by the son, broke out just hours before state social workers were supposed to arrive, police said.

“The lady used to work for the Board of Education in Greenwich and then she got sick and basically her son was taking care of her.

It was a slow decline,” neighbor John Pardo said.

The man of the house — a retired Greenwich cop — died in the 1980s. Things got especially bad in the past five years, neighbors said, but the occupants, Dean Verboven and his 69-year-old mother, Barbara, were well-liked.

“I know this boy since he was 8 years old and they are … they are sweet people, nice people,” Gladys Pardo said.

But he is now dead and she is in critical condition, getting treated at Bridgeport Medical Center for severe burns.

One neighbor said Barbara Verboven spent almost all her time in a single room of the house, eating and sleeping in a room with a television on 24 hours a day.

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Democrats Stiff Westport Connecticut For $15K In Overtimes Costs For President Obama Fundraising Visit

August 21, 2012

WESTPORT, CONNECTICUT — Westport’s first selectman says the town has been informed it will not be reimbursed thousands of dollars for President Barack Obama’s visit for a fundraiser earlier this month.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff says the Democratic National Committee notified the town it will not pay police and fire overtime costs totaling $14,812.

The town asked the DNC and Obama for America to pay the overtime costs incurred when the president arrived at Sherwood Island State Park on Aug. 6 to attend a fundraiser in Stamford and a $35,800 per person dinner at the Westport home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The New Register reports that an executive of the Democratic National Committee wrote that as a private organization it did not participate in security, traffic control, fire or emergency planning. She referred questions to the Secret Service.

“I didn’t expect that we would get repayment, but it was worthwhile to ask,” Joseloff told the Register.

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North Haven Town Officials Overrule Dickhead Zoning Offical Arthur Hausman And Allow 7 Year Old Girl To Keep Her Rabbit – Moron Claimed Child’s Pet Was “Livestock”

August 19, 2012

NORTH HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – A seven-year-old girl has been told by town authorities in Connecticut that she can keep her 20lb rabbit, putting an end to nights of crying for fear she might have to give him up.

See also: Dickhead North Haven Connecticut Zoning Officer Arthur Hausman Targets 7 Year Old Girl’s Pet Rabbit – Says Parents Must Own At Least 2 Acres For “Livestock”

Kayden Lidsky and her family had been issued a cease-and-desist order by a North Haven town enforcement officer after a neighbour complained that their pet broke zoning laws.

The 50-year-old ordinance that prevents residents from keeping rabbits and livestock on property of less than two acres was labelled ‘ridiculous’ by First Selectman Michael Freda who granted the family keep the bunny.
Relief: Kayden Lidsky (left) with father Josh, sister Madison, and Sandy, her pet bunny, has been told she can keep the rabbit following a zoning dispute in North Haven, CT

Relief: Kayden Lidsky (left) with father Josh, sister Madison, and Sandy, her pet bunny, has been told she can keep the rabbit following a zoning dispute

Since the story first appeared on Wednesday on WTNH-TV, 4,400 people have signed an online petition demanding that the town allow Kayden to keep the three-year-old Flemish giant rabbit she calls Sandy.

First Selectman Michael Freda told Fox News: ‘All along I’ve said that little girl is not losing that rabbit. We have a ridiculous ordinance… and we’re going to change it.’

Kayden told the New Haven Register that she is ‘excited’ about the news, but Josh Lidsky is still upset about the way the situation was handled.

‘I’m happy it’s over,’ he told Fox News. ‘I’m saddened that it had to go as far as it did. It’s very tough for a seven-year-old to understand why people would do something like that. She’s cried nightly.’
Bunny love: A petition has been started to allow Kayden Lidsky to keep the three-year-old Flemish giant rabbit named Sandy, who weights 20lbs

Bunny love: A petition has been started to allow Kayden Lidsky to keep the three-year-old Flemish giant rabbit named Sandy, who weights 20lbs

‘I don’t want the bunny to go,’ his daughter Kayden Lidsky had said before the good news, according to the petition on change.org.

‘She’s not a mean bunny. She doesn’t bite people. She only licks.’

According to Fox News, in May, town officials inspected the property and asked Lidsky to take several actions, including removing the rabbit hutch, replacing missing siding on his house and repairing an unfinished addition.

‘The whole story is about my daughter and the bunny,’ Mr Lidsky told the New Haven Register. ‘That is hitting below the belt. I want the bunny to stay on the property, for my daughter’s sake.’

President of the Hopalong Hollow animal rescue service in Norwalk Linda Thibault, said: ‘The situation with North Haven’s zoning is ridiculous.

‘We’re not talking about a breeder or multiple rabbits. We’re talking about one pet bunny who is obviously beloved and well-cared for.’

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Dickhead North Haven Connecticut Zoning Officer Arthur Hausman Targets 7 Year Old Girl’s Pet Rabbit – Says Parents Must Own At Least 2 Acres For “Livestock”

August 10, 2012

NORTH HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – A 7-year-old Connecticut girl will lose her 20-pound pet rabbit if North Haven officials get their way.

Zoning Enforcement Officer Arthur Hausman issued a cease-and-desist order to the Lidsky family two weeks ago, informing them that they were violating town zoning regulations because their property was smaller than the 2 acres required to keep rabbits and other types of livestock.

More than 1,800 people have signed an online petition demanding that town officials allow Kayden Lidsky to keep the 3-year-old Flemish giant rabbit named Sandy. Kayden’s father, Josh Lidsky, has vowed to appeal the order and is angered that town officials have upset his daughter.

“I don’t want the bunny to go,” Kayden Lidsky said, according to the petition on change.org.

“She’s not a mean bunny,” Kayden told WTIC-TV. “She doesn’t bite people. She only licks.”

North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda said town officials are not trying to take the bunny away from the girl, but are instead trying to get Josh Lidsky to respond to neighbors’ complaints about blighted conditions on his property.

In May, town officials inspected the property and asked Lidsky to take several actions, including removing the rabbit hutch, replacing missing siding on his house and repairing an unfinished addition.

Lidsky says he’s appealing Hausman’s order about the rabbit to the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals, but he’s willing to clean up his yard.

“The whole story is about my daughter and the bunny,” Lidsky told the New Haven Register. “That is hitting below the belt. I want the bunny to stay on the property, for my daughter’s sake.”

Linda Thibault, president of the Hopalong Hollow animal rescue service in Norwalk, started the online petition on change.org.

“The situation with North Haven’s zoning is ridiculous,” she told the Register. “We’re not talking about a breeder or multiple rabbits. We’re talking about one pet bunny who is obviously beloved and well-cared for.”

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Thousands Of Americans Excluded From Connecticut State Beach And Park While Obama Tries To Raise Money For Re-Election Campaign

August 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – A popular Connecticut park and its 234 acres of wetlands, woodlands and beach on Long Island Sound will be shut down all day Monday so that President Obama can use the location as a base for fundraising nearby.

The Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Connecticut will have to turn away thousands of bathers so that Obama can get to and from his events, including a $35,800 per head bash at the 9,000-square-foot, $8.3-million waterfront estate of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, according to The Connecticut Post.

Here’s a look at what people will be missing:

The Obama incursion is already creating an uproar in the state, according to the Post.

“Could you imagine if a Republican ever did such a thing? They’d be screaming from every corner,” said House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. ”This is supposed to be the party and the president of the people? To close this state park in August for purely partisan political reasons is outrageous. People are going to be on their one-week vacation and they can’t get into Sherwood Island?”

The state senator representing the area that includes the park, which is set on a peninsula that juts out into the sound, said other less intrusive landing points were available to the president.

Obama’s travel to Connecticut kicks off another heavy week of fundraising and campaigning that will include a two-day trip to Colorado Wednesday and Thursday.

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Stratford Connecticut Police Officer, With Nothing Better To Do Than Harass People (Like All Other Cops In Connecticut), Ticket Man For “Wooing” At People

August 3, 2012

STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT – Deshawn Fields, 18, of 306 Bond St., Bridgeport, was just “being stupid for no reason” according to Stratford police when he proceeded to repeatedly yell “woo” at people along Main Street, Sept. 18. He’ll have to explain his reasoning to a judge on Aug. 3.

Fields was the passenger in a vehicle traveling along Main Street where an officer in an unmarked car first noticed him.

Police said Fields “wooed” at patrons at Blue Point Grill, Acapulco’s and McCoy’s Pub. According to the report, “several people were disturbed over his disturbing behavior.”

It wasn’t until Fields burst out of the car window again, this time startling a cyclist who almost lost control that the officer pulled the vehicle over.

Fields told officers he was simply “being stupid for no reason.” He apologized for his behavior and promised not to do it again.

Fields was issued an infraction for creating a public disturbance with a summons date of Aug. 3.

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