Saturday night with Jane's Addiction
As a resident of Danbury, I've seen this situation too many times...
The 15 people who were led one by one through a Hartford federal courtroom Thursday were exactly where their families and friends feared they could end up: facing an immigration judge, shackled at the waist, hands and feet, accused of being in the country illegally.
Thursday's deportation proceedings, which were continued until next week, were a subdued episode in a series of incendiary events that began June 4, when New Haven approved creating a municipal identification card available to all residents, including illegal immigrants.
Attorneys from the Yale Law School Legal Services Organization had hoped to win the release of the 15 people in court Thursday by getting their $15,000 bail reduced.
But they settled for continuing the cases until next week. Visiting Judge Gary Malphrus said he needed more proof that the accused would return to court if released on bail.
Although the bail reductions were the focus of the hearing, Michael Wishnie, a Yale professor and immigration law expert, touched on a host of issues already raised by New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and immigration activists.
He said the raids were retaliatory and that ICE violated its own rules by not notifying local police. Although ICE was looking for immigrants named in outstanding deportation orders, only four such people were arrested, he said.
Wishnie said attorneys will file motions to have the cases dismissed because agents entered homes without search warrants and some people arrested on the street were stopped based on their race or ethnicity.
Wishnie said the "extraordinary" support for those arrested within the community and the church many attended, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, plus their intention to fight the charges, justified lowering their bail so they could gain their freedom while the cases proceed.
There have been several rallies in New Haven since the raids. About 40 immigration activists protested outside the Ribicoff building Thursday and a much bigger rally is planned for Saturday in New Haven.
"We will litigate these cases fiercely," Wishnie said after the hearings.
Wishnie said an immigration judge in Boston had already reduced bail in two cases heard there, to $3,500 and $1,500.
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Attaboy Galante! You just help take down the State Senate Minority leader.
Sen. Louis C. DeLuca, R-Woodbury, resigned today as leader of the Senate Republican minority.
He issued the following statement:
"After careful consideration, and out of respect for this institution and for my caucus, I have decided to step down from my leadership position. I promised from the beginning that I would not allow the mistake that I made interfere with my public office. By stepping down today, I am making sure that my personal issue does not overshadow all of the good work we've done and will do as a caucus."
"I want to say thank you to my friends, colleagues and constituents for the support they've given me and my family throughout this difficult time, and I apologize to anyone I've let down. It has been my pleasure to have served as Senate Minority Leader and I look forward to continuing to be a productive member of our caucus."
"Senator DeLuca's decision to step down as Senate minority leader was the right decision for him to make, for both his caucus and for the people of Connecticut.
"The question of what, if any, other sanctions Senator DeLuca should face from his colleagues in the Senate is a question that my caucus will discuss when it meets again.
"Until then, I am putting all my energies into negotiating a fair and far reaching budget plan for the people of Connecticut."
I thought long and hard about what to say about GOP chairman Chris Healy's situation seeing that he has made some rather critical (and hypocritical) statements recently. After thinking about during the day, I left it would be better to just link to Maura's post on MLN and leave it at that.
Others can get their knives out for this one if they want, but I have more sympathy for Healy than a taste to score points off this. It's wrong that Healy drove drunk, and he should and will pay a steep legal price for it -- most likely losing his license for a year, since this is his second offense. But alcoholism is a terrible disease, as is depression, and the double scourge of both is a mighty obstacle to overcome.
Healy has done a remarkable job as Republican party chairman since he took over. He's a formidable foe: both a great communicator and a skillful strategist. I will never support his electoral goals or his party, but I sincerely root for his recovery and health.
This Spin is unbelievable. This guy was arrested MAY 15th,told the Governor June 1st,the same day the DeLuca story broke and we're finding out JUNE 12th!!Rowland-Rell.
Anyone wonder now why we don't have a BUDGET!!
The Ethics Queen, Jodi Rell, was so busy with covering for Deluca and covering up for Healy of course we didn't get a budget.
Jodi Rell is F-ing Shameless and stinks every bit as much as Rowland.
"My vote against going ahead with more debate on this no confidence resolution is not an expression of confidence in Attorney General Gonzales. It is an expression of opposition to spending any more time on a resolution that will accomplish nothing, instead of going ahead with the next item of business, which is energy legislation. If we work urgently together on energy legislation, we can accomplish something that is truly important to the American people.Hmm, that
"As I have said before, Attorney General Gonzales is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, and it's time for him to really look into his own heart and soul, as tough as it is, and ask whether he should continue in this job. And it is time for the Senate to move on right now to do something about energy prices supplies and energy prices."
According to the arrest affidavit, the agent asked DeLuca to influence legislation to help Galante. DeLuca said, “I can’t influence it at this point because it’s out of my hands, but if it gets to the point where I have appointments, I can influence it that way. You know, if somebody, if it’s a commission that needs to be in that, that, is gonna be a watchdog on CRRA and make recommendations then I’ll make an appoint...generally I get an appointment.”Hmm, it sure didn't seem like DeLuca turned down the cash because he felt it was IMMORAL or WRONG but rather because he could get caught...and that's pale in comparison to the other stuff DeLuca told the undercover agent.
During this conversation the affidavit says DeLuca refused $5,000 in cash from the agent, saying he was “afraid them guys...tracing things and shit like that.” He later told the agent to tell Galante to “hang in there and I’ll keep my eyes and ears open.”
For your viewing pleasure, here's Deluca's presser. Grab the popcorn, enjoy the train wreck, and feel free to add your favorite quote from DeLuca in the comments.
It was an online media double feature Sunday on WTIC's Beyond the Headlines.