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Grand Juror Issues Ruling

By Jeffrey B. Cohen

July 23, 2009

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1:06 p.m. UPDATE: The state court judge running the secret 18-month probe into allegations of corruption in the administration of Mayor Eddie A. Perez has decided to seal parts of his report in which he finds probable cause that various people have committed crimes, saying that the report's release could either damage a person's right to a fair trial or their reputation.

The remainder of the report -- which apparently includes the "background and scope of the investigation" -- could be available for viewing within 72 hours.

"The information contained in the report, records and findings, is so damning that the publicity would affect the said individual's right to a fair trial," Superior Court Judge Dennis Eveleigh wrote. He then notes, though, that the information he's referring to came solely from state prosecutors and that "all or some of it...may not survive the scrutiny of cross-examination."

"In fact, some of the information may never be presented during any future trial," he said.

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IN ADDITION: Eveleigh says "no arrest warrants have been issued as the result of the final report.

"Indeed, whether the State's Attorney will ever apply for arrest warrants as the result of the final report is a matter within his sole discretion."


12:18 p.m. BREAKING NEWS: A state court judge has issued a ruling on whether he will make public his final report in the secret 18-month probe into allegations of corruption in the administration of Mayor Eddie A. Perez.

Details to come.

Reprinted with permission of the CityLine blog of the Hartford Courant. To view other stories on this topic, search the CityLine at http://blogs.courant.com/cityline/ and the Hartford Courant Archives at http://www.courant.com/archives.
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