Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Race based scandal cover-ups?

Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland got a year in prison. An African American legislator, Ernie Newton, got way more jail time for doing far less. The whole system of government, all 3 branches, and all departments needs to be investigated in Connecticut and many other states.

The going after its own, seems to be race based. Whistle blowers get barbecued no matter their race.

-Steven G. Erickson


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Judicial Marshal And Wife Face Assault Charges

By JOSH KOVNER | Courant Staff Writer
September 16, 2008

WEST HARTFORD — - A judicial marshal and his wife, an office assistant at Bulkeley High School in Hartford, have been charged in connection with the assault of a woman outside the PriceRite supermarket on New Britain Avenue.

Angel Luis Mendez, 53, a court-security marshal for nine years, is accused of restraining the woman's daughter, while his wife, Nitza Rivera, 43, struck the woman repeatedly with her fists on Thursday, West Hartford police said. Mendez was off-duty at the time.

The couple drove away. Officers interviewed witnesses and obtained their names. The couple later turned themselves in, West Hartford police said.

Mendez, assigned to Hartford Community Court at 80 Washington St., and Rivera, who has worked for the Hartford public school system since 1994, were each charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, a felony, as well as unlawful restraint, conspiracy to commit unlawful restraint and breach of peace.

Rivera also was charged with second-degree assault, a felony.

Both were free after posting $25,000 bail and are due at Superior Court in Hartford on Sept. 25.

Rivera had an ongoing dispute with the woman, according to West Hartford police. She located the woman and her daughter inside the store, then went outside and hid behind a column until they came out, according to the incident report.

The 49-year-old woman sustained minor injuries, said Lt. Donald Melanson. Her daughter, 31, was not injured.

Judicial branch spokeswoman Rhonda Stearley-Hebert said Monday that the agency is gathering information on the incident.

"At this point, no disciplinary action has been taken, but that doesn't preclude action down the road," Stearley-Hebert said.

She said that Mendez already was under investigation by the judicial branch for an unrelated on-duty matter. Mendez was not at work Monday and a home phone number was temporarily disconnected.

Mendez became a deputy sheriff in 1999. The following year, the legislature abolished the outmoded, patronage-ridden sheriff's system, and the deputies automatically became judicial marshals. The marshals are responsible for court security and prisoner transport. Recruits now attend a 13-week academy that is nationally accredited.

David Medina, a spokesman for the Hartford school system, said that the district was investigating the West Hartford incident. Medina said that Rivera had not been at work since last Tuesday.

Contact Josh Kovner at jkovner@courant.com.

The above is a copyrighted Hartford Court piece


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