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Connecticut Superior Court Judge Upholds Negligent Security Jury Verdict

In a recent case tried in New Britain Superior Court, Judge Cynthia Swienton upheld a jury verdict for a plaintiff who was assaulted at a nightclub by a nightclub employee.  The plaintiff had filed suit against the nightclub claiming that the defendant establishment failed to provide its patrons with a reasonable amount of safety and protection from harm.  The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff and awarded him financial compensation for his medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.  The defendant asked the court to overturn the jury’s verdict.  The court refused and held that, “the defendants did not take adequate action to prevent the assault…”
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Victim Advocate Seeks To Delay Disbursement Of East Hartford Murder Victim’s Estate

The Crime Victim Advocate for the State of Connecticut has filed a special request with the East Hartford Probate Court to ask the court to delay the distribution of assets of the estate of Beverly Therrien.  Ms. Therrien’s son, Brett Bednarz, has been criminally charged with killing his mother and the Victim Advocate has asked the court to delay the distribution of Ms. Therrien’s assets until the criminal case against Mr. Bednarz is completed.  You can read the Hartford Courant’s article by David Owens here:

Victim Advocate Seeks To Delay Disbursement Of East Hartford Murder Victim’s Estate

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

The National Center for Victims of Crime has announced that National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will take place from April 21-27, 2013.  The theme this year is “New Challenges, New Solutions”.  This week allows this fantastic organization an opportunity to revisit its history, celebrate its achievements and advance the progress of victims’ rights.  We wholeheartedly support the mission of the NCFCV and look forward to observing 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  If you want more information, visit their website at

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