The judges are:
Joseph P. Flynn, chief judge
of the Appellate Court and lifelong Ansonia resident,
Appellate Court Judge
Chase Rogers, and the Honorable Joseph H. Pellegrino, a
judge trial referee.
“Our hearing 'on the road' will
provide Ansonia High School students with the opportunity to
learn about our court system.” Judge Flynn said.
“This visit is one of the most
powerful and authentic experiences that a student – or anyone
for that matter – could receive,” Ansonia High School Principal
Wilhemenia Christon said. “I thank the Court and Chief Judge
Flynn for being willing to do this for our student body.”
The public is invited to the
arguments. The first case, State vs. Leslie Russell, will start
at 9 a.m., and involves a defendant convicted of third-degree
stalking, criminal violation of a protective order and
second-degree burglary. Arguments will last for approximately 40
minutes, to be followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer
period, in which the judges do not participate.
The second case,
Ricardo Collins, will start at 10 a.m. and involves a defendant
convicted of first-degree assault. A question-and-answer period
will follow from 10:40-11 a.m. Again, the judges will not
participate in the question-and-answer period.
Attorney James E. Sheehy,
president of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Bar Association, will
moderate both question-and-answer periods.
The court will issue a written
decision within a few months of hearing each case.
If a news organization wishes to
broadcast, televise, record or photograph the actual arguments
before the court, it must file a written request with the
appellate court clerk (fax number 860-757-2217). The news
organization also must send a certified copy of the written
request to each counsel in the cases. If the request is granted,
only one television camera, still camera and audio system will
be allowed into the arguments, and media outlets will be
responsible for pool arrangements.
For further information, please
contact Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, manager of communications, at