Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Judge Gives Bysiewicz The Green Light

Superior Court Judge Michael Sheldon has taken the monkey off Secretary State Susan Bysiewicz’ back.

In a 93-page ruling, the judge found:

“On the basis of the foregoing findings of fact and conclusions of law, the Court hereby finds, and thus enters judgment in this action to declare, that the plaintiff, as a Connecticut attorney-at-law since 1986 who performed the above-described duties of her office as Connecticut's Secretary of the State since 1999, has engaged in active practice at the bar of this state, within the meaning of General Statutes § 3-124, for at least ten years."
Given the finding he made, judge Sheldon ruled it was not necessary to address the constitutionality of the statute requiring 10 years active service as a lawyer as a prerequisite for office of attorney general. The state constitution lists only an age requirement to attain the office, which would seem to conflict with the statute requiring 10 years active service as a lawyer.

As a default position, Bysiewicz claimed in court that the provision requiring 10 year’s active service was unconstitutional.

"So finding and declaring,” Shelton wrote in his decision, “the Court has no occasion to reach and decide the plaintiff's alternative challenge to the constitutionality of (the constitutional provision).”

Ahead of Bysiewicz are dozens of UTube videos demonstrating her lack of experience culled from a damaging deposition that was filmed for posterity. Given her true grit, few among the delegates to the Democratic nominating convention will doubt she will be able to overcome such mini-spectacles.
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