Panel to Consider Starting Process to Fire Top Prosecutor

By DAVE COLLINS, Related Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A state oversight fee is anticipated to resolve Wednesday whether or not to start proceedings that would consequence within the firing of Connecticut’s high prosecutor, following an investigation that questioned his hiring of a price range official’s daughter whereas urgent the official for pay raises for high-ranking staffers in his workplace.

The Felony Justice Fee, which has the only real authority to rent and hearth state prosecutors, was set to satisfy at 3 p.m. to debate Chief State’s Lawyer Richard Colangelo Jr., the state’s high regulation enforcement official, who has denied any wrongdoing.

State regulation would require the panel to carry a listening to by which Colangelo would have the proper to current testimony and witnesses in his protection and the fee must discover that proof warrants his elimination. Such a listening to has by no means been held, and no chief state’s legal professional has ever been faraway from workplace.

Colangelo and a spokesperson for his workplace didn’t instantly return a message in search of remark Wednesday morning.

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An impartial investigation ordered by Gov. Ned Lamont solid “doubt on the integrity” of Colangelo’s hiring of Anastasia Diamantis in 2020 as a $99,000-per-year government assistant and mentioned Colangelo’s account of how he first met her lacked credibility.

On the time, Colangelo was asking officers on the Workplace of Coverage and Administration, together with then-Deputy Secretary Konstantinos “Kosta” Diamantis, Anastasia Diamantis’ father, for pay raises for himself and 15 different top-level, nonunionized prosecutors.

The prosecutors’ salaries have been on monitor to be eclipsed by lower-level, unionized state’s attorneys. The raises additionally had been sought by Colangelo’s predecessor, Kevin Kane.

Colangelo and Konstantinos Diamantis denied to investigators that they’d mentioned a job for Anastasia Diamantis earlier than she was employed. However the investigation by former Connecticut U.S. Lawyer Stanley Twardy Jr. mentioned there have been emails exhibiting they probably had talked about getting her a job in Colangelo’s workplace.

Lamont final week mentioned he would hearth Colangelo if it was as much as him.

The chair of the Felony Justice Fee, state Supreme Court docket Affiliate Justice Andrew McDonald, mentioned in an announcement final week that the investigation’s findings “elevate profoundly severe questions on whether or not the Chief State’s Lawyer can proceed to discharge the duties of the constitutional workplace he holds.”

Colangelo has been a state prosecutor since 1993. He labored his manner as much as the highest prosecutor within the Stamford-Norwalk judicial district earlier than being appointed chief state’s legal professional and taking workplace Jan. 31, 2020.

Konstantinos Diamantis additionally has denied wrongdoing. He mentioned that whereas he was in workplace, Colangelo by no means obtained the pay raises he sought. His daughter has not returned messages in search of remark.

Konstantinos Diamantis, a former Democratic state consultant, was positioned on paid depart in October pending an investigation and the identical day submitted a letter of resignation and retirement.

Whereas the investigation report mentioned he was positioned on depart because of a preliminary probe into his daughter’s hiring, the self-discipline additionally got here eight days after state officers obtained a federal grand jury subpoena for paperwork involving Konstantinos Diamantis and a whole lot of tens of millions of {dollars} in state spending.

It’s not clear precisely what the FBI is investigating. The subpoena seeks digital communications relationship to Jan. 1, 2018, involving Konstantinos Diamantis and the “planning, bidding, awarding and implementation” of faculty building initiatives, upgrades on the state pier in New London, and dangerous materials abatement initiatives.

Konstantinos Diamantis has mentioned he believes he might be cleared of wrongdoing in that investigation.

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