Monday, April 07, 2008

In by email:

A past Hartford Courant aricle [no date was provided with it]:

Ex-Chief Of Staff Leaving State Police
By TRACY GORDON FOX, Courant Staff Writer

Capt. Greg Senick, the former chief of staff accused of charging thousands of dollars in bills to the state while he was living at a state-owned property, has resigned from the state police.

Senick, who had been former Public Safety Commissioner Arthur Spada's chief of staff, will leave the department as of Jan. 1, said Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman. Senick had been on a paid leave of absence since his arrest in July.

The 27-year veteran will leave before an internal affairs investigation into his actions could be completed and before he could be tried on criminal charges. Senick is facing two counts of first-degree larceny and a conspiracy charge - both felonies. He has pleaded not guilty.

Senick, 47, is accused of conspiring to bill the state for $10,321 in work on the state-owned house in Meriden that he should have paid for himself under the terms of his lease.

James Wade, Senick's lawyer, declined to comment Monday. Senick could not be reached for comment.

Andrew Crumbie, chief of staff for Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle, said the commissioner declined to comment on Senick's departure.

Besides facing criminal charges, Senick is also being sued by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal for "tens of thousands of dollars" in rent, plumbing repairs and snow-removal costs he "illegally avoided" by living in a state-owned home for as little as $1 a year, Blumenthal has said.

The lawsuit questioned the rent and also the services Senick received, and says that Senick misrepresented himself in April 1999 when he first inquired about renting the blue colonial home on the former Altobello School property. The suit contends that Senick had not received any authorization to enter into the agreement on behalf of the state police.

Soon after his arrest, Senick was suspended without pay by order of Gov. M. Jodi Rell. But Senick quickly was put on the payroll after he applied for and received a reduction in rank from major to captain. Under the captain's rank, a classified position, the state police contract ensured he was only suspended without pay for 30 days.

Now Senick will be eligible for a pension, the amount of which will have to be calculated by the state police, Vance said.

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Hi Steven
I came across your blog re: Greg Senick however it is not viewable at this time. I am trying to help someone who was wrongfully convicted for a crime in Conn. in 1994. Finger print evidence was "lost" alledgedly and I am looking for any and everything to help this person who has done 13 plus years so far and looking at a total of 35 years for a robbery conviction where he was absolutely screwed. I hope you email me.
Senick isn't the only thing I'm looking for. But I'll wait for you to email me
Thanks in advance

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I just reread your email. Ok so someone did remove them. Greg Senick I'm surmizing is someone or was someone big in Conn.back then. Did alot of the articles that were removed relate to the police/evidence/ prosecutors/ Danbury judges/?
Over several years of looking at Conn case law, I've noticed that not very many people get any relief from the Appelate courts. The sentences are out rageously high. I wish I had come across your blogs when you first started doing this.

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Hi Steve, Thanks for responding. I did look at the freedom of speech link , saw alot of stuff. But I found it very interesting that every article that I clicked onto was still available from 2006 except for this one particular one. Senick was the police chief who was convicted of theft of services so to speak. Would it help if I go back to your blog and copy and paste the title for you. You post so much I'm sure that it's hard to remember all. Is there any way that someone could demand that you remove something if they didn't like it?
My interest is again in trying to help someone who is serving a sentence in NY but also has a sentence that still to be done. The case was an armed robbery in 1994 , the victim was Paul Levine (resident of Conn}, As I said, Conn is claiming the evidence has been lost or distroyed. I plan on doing alot of reading of your past blogs in order to become more familiar with Conn. and its politicans. I'm trying to research who is who in Conn. to better help a friend. I dont know what you would like to know. I've been at this for 13 years, and there is too much to try to put in an email. But feel free to ask, and I'll answer.

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The William "Bill" Doriss vs. Connecticut saga continues:

Subject: Oral Hearing

Connecticut native, and now Massachusetts resident, William Doriss appeared before a three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, New York City, April 3, in an oral argument of his appeal of the Harford District Court ruling against him in Doriss v. City of New Haven and State of Connecticut, 2006.

Doriss filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the City and State in 2005, where he alleged false targeting, false reporting, multiple false arrests, false seizure of private property, excessive force, and obstruction of justice by the City of New Haven, 1998-2002. Doriss additionally alleges the false testimonies ot two New Haven police officers in Ct. v. Doriss, which went to jury trial in Superior Court, New Haven, Nov. '02.

Doriss repeated his accusations that the State of Connecticut, in co-conspiracy with the Court, gave him a false trial where two misdemeanor convictions were engineered by the trial court, in co-conspiracy with the State, in order to deny him the true exonerations to which he was legally entitled. Doriss claims the State suborned the perjured testimonies of two police officers and five civilians when it hit him with 13 criminal charges--nine felony--and 69 years prison over two separate dog accidents involving Doriss two dogs. He claims to have been falsely convicted of the misdemeanor charges and falsely sentenced by Judge Bernadette Conway at Superior Court, New Haven. He claims the judge misread the law and misinstructed the jury about the law in order to achieve the two convictions in the trial cases. He claims she displayed intemperate judicial demeanor, and violated his 1st and 5th Amendment rights when she shut off his testimony on direct examination two successive days in a row.

Judge Conway instructed the jury that "date and time" [of the dog accidents] were "not elements of the crime that the State has to prove." Doriss has consistently maintained that date and time are elements of every crime which it is incumbent upon the State to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

Doriss claims the State gave him false appellate procedure where a hack out-of-state attorney was appointed to file an appeal on his behalf. Doriss never met this attorney before the filing and did not participate in the appeal. The Appellate Court rubber-stamped the trial court without examining the true issues in the case. He now claims that a concatenation of "harmless errors" committed by the State now amount to a serious crimes against him by both City and State. Doriss claims NO crimes were committed by him in the state.

Connecticut was represented by Attorney Maura Murphy Osborne, of the State's Attorney General's Office, and the City of New Haven by Mr. Michael Wolak. Both gave weak performances in reiterating key elements of their respective briefs in response. Ms. Osborne asserted that Doriss's claims were barred by statute of limitations and "absolute sovereign immunity."

Doriss argued in rebuttal that the statute of limitations argument was "bogus," and that his claims had met the requirement of the statutes. He additionally argued that "sovereign immunity" was a limited concept, which prohibition against tort claims should be lowered for pro se litigants where Constitutional issues were in question. Doriss cited John S. Doe v. State of Connecticut, 1998 #4105865, and briefs in that case were submitted to the Appeals Court at the end of argument in an unusual move.

Doriss argued that seven of his Constitutional rights had been violated multiple times by City and State. He further argued that if the district court's decision were not overturned at the appellate level, that that would send a signal back to the City and State they they could charge anyone with any crime, anywhere, any time--without consideration for the facts of the case--and get away with it without true oversight or proper accountability.

Former Chief of Police, Melvin Wearing, a defendant in the federal complaint, was represented by Mr. Rene Martineau of Del Sole and Del Sole, attorneys in Wallingford, Ct. Six police officers, the Chairman of the Civilian Review board and the mayor of New Haven were represented by corporation counsel of the City. The State's attorney, Ms. Osborne, represented two prosecutors, three superior court judges and other current and former officials of the State.

The trial justices in New York were justices Leval, Calabrese, and Wesley. Doriss was accompanied in court by his step-mother, Ct. resident Vivian Pellicano Doriss, widow of Lieutenant Commander William H. Doriss, U.S. Navy, ret., Greenwich, Ct. and Arlington National Cemetary, 1965.

Doriss is the father of two daughters, and he is a grandfather. He was a registered antiques dealer in the state for over twelve years before the State put him out of his own business through these illegal and unlawful prosecutions. He is now retired and lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he is an activist for criminal justice and corrections reform.

Regardless of the outcome of the Appeals Court, Doriss will pursue efforts to clear his name and achieve a true and complete exoneration from the State.

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