Connecticut Supreme Court


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.

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a state law banning people from transporting weapons between residences violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The ruling was in a case involving a former Army medic arrested in 2010 when police seized a collection of knives and swords from his SUV.

In 2012, former Clinton, Connecticut resident Jason DeCiccio was convicted by a jury of two counts of having weapons in a motor vehicle and sentenced to 15 months in prison.

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the state has to pay for experts to assist an indigent defendant who is representing himself in a murder trial. The court decided the money should come from the state Public Defenders office.