Connecticut Supreme Court

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Connecticut’s highest court will hear an appeal by families of victims of the 2012 Newtown school shooting who want to sue the maker of the rifle used in the shooting. The families appealed a judge’s decision last year to throw the case out.

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Connecticut’s General Assembly has re-appointed Justice Richard Palmer to another term on the State Supreme Court.  

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The Connecticut Supreme Court has rejected a former death row inmate's appeal of one of his murder convictions.

Justices ruled 7-0 Monday that a lower court didn't violate Russell Peeler Jr.'s rights when it refused to order the state to pay for a lawyer of his choice for his 2013 retrial in the 1997 killing of Rudolph Snead Jr. in Bridgeport, after the Supreme Court overturned his conviction.

He was convicted at retrial after the state hired another lawyer and sentenced to 105 years in prison.

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Connecticut’s Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment, saying it goes against that state’s constitution, in a decision that could have national implications.

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The Connecticut Supreme Court has rejected what’s called the mature minor doctrine. The doctrine holds that some minors are mature enough to make their own health care decisions. The ruling came on Thursday in the case of a 17-year-old girl, known in court documents as Cassandra C.

The high court ruled that the state of Connecticut is not violating Cassandra C’s rights by forcing her to undergo cancer chemotherapy that she does not want.

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