During a closed door meeting in the judge’s chambers during a case Judge Robert C. “Brunes” Brunetti exposed his bigotry for fundamental civil rights in front of at least three defense attorneys. The violation came during the case of State of Connecticut v. Bruce Worley, docket number H17B-CR13-0055722S.
Judge Brunetti …stated in chambers that “No one in this country should have guns” and that he ‘never returns guns’.
If Judge Brunetti were to state his intention to disregard the Fourth Amendment and permit prosecutors to introduce evidence from illegal, warrantless searches, the ACLU and even Fudruckster himself might be heard to complain. They won’t, but citizens can: Here’s a link to the process.
The following is a brief description of the complaint process. A more detailed technical description is set forth in Section VIII, Council Procedures.
A complaint may be filed by anyone or initiated by the Council itself. There is no fee for filing complaints. The complaint must be on a form provided by the Council, and it must be sworn to before a notary or other officer. A complaint must contain the full name of the judge, compensation commissioner, or family support magistrate complained of, the specific court involved, the name of the case, if any, and specific dates on which conduct allegedly occurred. The complainant may attach to the complaint any documents or material thought to be relevant.
The complaint should set forth with particularity the facts upon which the claim of misconduct is based. The complaint should contain any other information that would assist an investigator in checking the facts, such as the presence of a court reporter or other witness and their names and addresses.
Documents such as excerpts from transcripts may be submitted as evidence of the behavior complained about; if they are, the statement of facts should refer to the specific pages in the documents on which relevant material appears.
If the Council receives a complaint that does not use a form or is not sworn to, it will not be accepted. It will be returned to the complainant with advice as to the proper procedure to be followed.
Complaints should be typewritten, if possible. If not typewritten, they must be legible.
Complaint forms may be obtained by writing or telephoning the Council office.
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A revived state police investigation into the killing of Mary Badaracco – one of Connecticut’s most notorious cold cases – generated tremors throughout this state’s law enforcement, court and political establishments. The reader should note this well: Those establishments are all one and the same.
As the months moved on, the Badaracco grand jury would start hearing witnesses.
Even before the first witnesses were sworn in, Dominic Badaracco seemed to know about the secret proceedings. Badaracco had a need to know. He is the prime suspect in the killing of his wife, Mary, nearly 29 years ago.
Badaracco, now 77, went on trial Monday in Bridgeport, accused of bribing Judge Brunetti with an offer of $100,000 in an attempt to influence the grand jury proceedings. Although no body was ever found, state police, the State’s Attorney and Gov. William O’Neill reclassified the Sherman case as a homicide in 1990.
As the grand jury proceeded, Badaracco’s friend and business partner Ronald “Rocky” Richter called their mutual friend, Brunetti, asking about the grand jury. Before becoming a prosecutor and a judge, Brunetti was a business lawyer for Badaracco and Richter. As youngsters, Brunetti and Richter worked together as caddies.
Brunetti, at lunch with fellow judges, asked about the grand juror’s role. Brunetti confirmed the existence of the grand jury to Richter, the warrant for Badaracco’s arrest reveals. That, in itself, could have made Brunetti the target of an investigation or part of a conspiracy.
Badaracco followed up, calling Brunetti on Richter’s cell phone. Badaracco told Brunetti numerous subpoenas had been issued and asked for help.
Brunetti ultimately told investigators he declined to help. He quoted Badaracco as saying to him: “I’m only gonna say this one time … it’s worth a hundred G’s.” Brunetti said he was stunned and hung up the phone: “I understood that it was about the Badaracco murder and he was asking me to have some sort of influence over the outcome of the grand jury … like sweeping it under the rug.” In turn, Brunetti understood, he would receive compensation.
Brunetti began acting as a cooperating witness. His phone was wired. Brunetti called Richter, who was with Badaracco. “Rocky, Brunes … ,” Brunetti said in a call to Richter on Dec. 2, 2010. “Hey listen, I found out some information … Is Dominic around there?”
Speaking to Badaracco, Brunetti continued, “There may be somethin’ I can do for you. I wasn’t sure I could, but there may be somethin’ I can do, to help you out … uh, don’t tell Rocky. Just keep this between me and you.”
Those quotes from Brunettis were part of the state’s efforts to nab his friend for bribing him But the close association with Badaracco and defense attorney Richter apparently killed off the judge’s attempt to be reconfirmed for another 8-year term.
On Feb. 21, 2013, Brunetti wrote to Chief Court Administrator Barbara Quinn: “I plan on retiring in December 2013.” By that time, Brunetti could be eligible for a 30-year state pension.
There’s still time to file a complaint against Bruentti and discomfort him, as well as send a message to the other judges around the state who are flouting the constitution they swore to uphold.