Dec 2, 2013
12:59 PM
Connecticut Politics

Cool Justice: Far-fetched efforts, taxpayer-funded, to hide public records in Danbury

Cool Justice: Far-fetched efforts, taxpayer-funded, to hide public records in Danbury

Carol Kaliff—The News-Times—The Associated Press

Danbury, Conn. Mayor Mark Boughton, standing outside of Danbury High School, announces the formation of an exploratory committee for the office of governor, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.

The Mark Boughton administration hit the self-destruct button with the force of a circus sledgehammer when it threatened and intimidated a blogger who dared to publish public records.

This extra-judicial threat has no legal authority and is bound to splatter back in the face of the would-be governor.

The Nov. 8, 2013 “order” from the Danbury mayor’s subcontracted law firm – Rose Kallor of Hartford – reads, part: “The City of Danbury hereby orders you to CEASE AND DESIST publication and / or comment on the deposition transcripts from the matter of DaCosta v. Danbury on www.HatCityBLOG.blogspot.com and / or any other internet and / or social media site, including Twitter and Facebook that are currently in your possession, custody and control … ”

The “order,” signed by attorney Johanna Zelman, concludes, “The intent of this cease and desist order is not to impinge on your First Amendment right to Free Speech … ”

Believe it or not, I don’t think the finale was intended as a sick joke. For whatever reason, these clowns seem to take themselves very seriously.

I have to wonder, though, if I missed the announcement from Team Boughton that the Constitution was suspended in Danbury and some entity had bestowed military powers on the city to sanitize local blogs.

 

See the full opinion column at the New Haven Register online.

Cool Justice: Far-fetched efforts, taxpayer-funded, to hide public records in Danbury

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