Friday, November 06, 2009
Ken Krayeske hearing today
Today Judge Stephan Underhill heard oral arguments for motions of summary judgment filed by defendents in Krayeske's civil suit against Hartford Police, State Police and the City of Hartford for false arrest, false imprisonment, excessive bail and free speech violations in his arrest during Gov. Rell's 2007 inaugural parade.
I spent nearly the entire time in the courtroom, minus about 10 minutes when I had to go down and feed the parking meter; Bridgeport only allows one frickin' hour maximum parking near the courthouse, which is idiotic.
During a hearing on summary judgments, the judge is supposed to allow a liberal amount of inferred evidence, with the trial being the place to strictly determine if the evidence is indeed valid. Judge Underhill seemed excessively pragmatic in hearing the arguments, and from the beginning it was apparent that he wasn't allowing any leeway in the plaintiff's case.
For instance, the judge made little of the fact that the police had a list with Ken's name on it. Underhill repeatedly stated that simply having a list wasn't just cause for prosecuting a civil rights violation. However, the judge seemed insistant on ignoring the fact that the list DID exist, and that Ken was arrested not because of any criminal act he perpetrated, but simply because he was ON that list.
Despite repeated efforts by Krayeske's attorney Kevin Smith (that's not his picture above, but it is someone named "Kevin Smith") the judge ruled from the bench in favor of dismissal of all charges with the exception of false arrest by Hartford P.D. Officer Jeffery Antuna. As I understand it, the ruling essentially lets the state and the governor off the hook for creating and maintaining a secret list of people to be "arrested on sight", with no just cause or suspicion of an actual crime needed. It seems that they're simply going to hang Officer Antuna out to dry on this thing.
This is a bit scary, because it means that anyone can be arrested simply because someone in power doesn't like what you write on a stupid blog!
In related news, watch for this blog to discuss nothing but Disney movies and cuddly puppies, effective immediately:
Posted by CT Bob at 11/06/2009 04:59:00 PM