Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Blumenthal Moves To Revoke Perez’s Pension

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has written to Kevin Kane to advise him that Connecticut’s “Pension Revocation Statute” requires him to notify the Chief State’s Attorney of the “possibility that any fine, restitution or any other monetary order of the criminal court” may be paid from the pension of Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez.

Blumenthal, according to the attorney general’s press spokesman, both proposed and pressed the legislature to adopt the statute under which pensions could be revoked.

“Mr. Perez’s conviction,” Blumenthal noted in his letter dated June 29,2010, “ reflects significant violations of public trust and misuse of office. Accordingly, I intend, at the earliest possible time and in consultation with your office, to seek an order revoking his pension.”

Mayor Perez resigned from office after he had been found guilty, according to a Hartford Courant report of “receiving a bribe, fabricating evidence, accessory to the fabrication of evidence, conspiracy to fabricate evidence, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny by extortion and criminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny by extortion in the trial that began May 12. The only charge Perez was not convicted of is fabricating evidence.”

The mayor, who could receive a maxim sentence of up to 50 years, intends to appeal. He is due to be sentenced on Sept 10.


Anonymous said...

I think Perez should be given a choice. Do 10 years, or lose the pension. Blumenthal is not going to impress me by throwing the book at Perez. just like he didn't impress my by going after the people who make energy drinks or any trivial matter he so called prosecuted. Where's Rell's opinion on this?

Henry Berry said...

Blumenthal may have pushed for the revocation of pension statute. But like the Tricky Dick he is, he knows how to get around it. When state's attorneys under his aegis as attorney general engaged in significant violations of public trust and misuse of office, they were pressured into resigning; thus saving their pensions and also keeping Tricky from having to face accountability for the widespread crime and corruption in the state's attorneys system. As one who has been targeted for an illegal wiretap, attempted entrapments for drug and/or sex crimes, and eventual witness intimidation by state's attorneys acting as a protection racket for lawyers at a statewide corporate law firm who stole thousands of dollars of property of mine, I have been exposing the crimes and corruption and identifying individuals as an investigative journalist for the past several years.