Questions raised about qualifications for Attorney General candidate William Tong


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IS DEMOCRATIC ENDORSED CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL, REPRESENTATIVE ALWILLIAM TONG ELIGIBLE TO SEEK THE OFFICE?A LAWYER IS ASKING THAT QUESTIONHE'S THE SAME MAN WHO FIRST RAISED THE QUESTION ABOUT SUSAN BYSIEWICZ'S QUALIFICATIONS FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL IN 2010 NEWS 8'S GEORGE COLLI IS LOOKING INTO THIS

3 ATTORNEY RYAN MCCKEEN HAS OPERATED "A CONNECTICUT LAW BLOGCOM" FOR MORE THAN A DECADE HE IS THE BLOGGER THAT FIRST QUESTIONED IF THE DEMOCRATIC ENDORSED CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL IN 2010 – SUSAN BYSIEWICZ – MET THE QUALIFICATIONS TO RUN FOR OFFICE THAT QUESTION MADE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE STATE SUPREME COURT AND EVENTUALLY DISQUALIFIED BYSIEWICZ FROM RUNNING NOW, HE'S QUESTIONING WILLIAM TONG'S EXPERIENCE AND TONG IS RESPONDING

A TRIAL IS A VERY VERY SPECIFIC THING THERE ARE TRANSCRIPTS THERE ARE RECORDS THERE ARE PROCEDURES THERE ARE EVIDENTARY RULES

IT IS ACTUAL BATTLE IN A COURT ROOM GLASTONBURY ATTORNEY RYAN MCKEEN IS QUESTIONING IF DEMOCRATIC ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE WILLIAMTONG HAS G ENOUGH TRIAL COURTROOM EXPERIENCE TO QUALIFY TO BE THE STATES TOP LAWYER THE CONNECTICUT SUPREME COURT RULED IN 2010 IN THE BYSIEWICZ VERSUS DINARDO THAT "THE ATTORNEY GENERAL MUST HAVE SOME MEASURE OF COEXPERIENCE IN TRYING CASES" BYSIEWICZ DECISON TALKS ABOUT A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS BUT ON THE POINT REGARDING TRIAL IT REQUIRES TRIAL EXPERIENCE

NOT JUST LITIGATION EXPERIENCE THE COURT WENT BEYOND THATMCKEEN SAYS HE CAN ONLY FIND EVIDENCE OF TONG TAKING ONE TRIAL TO VERDICTAND ALLEGES THAT TONG HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO NAME CASES THAT HE TOOK TO TRIAL WHEN ASKED IN RECENT WEEKS IF YOU ASKED ME HAVE YOU GIVEN AN OPENING STATEMENT ;''YES I HAVE HERE'S THE CASE AND HERES THE TRANSRIPT HAVE YOU HANDLED WITNESSES? YES I HAVE

I THINK FOR AN ACTUAL TRIAL ATTORNEY THIS IS A RELATIVELY LOW BAR AND WHAT I WOULD WANT TO SEE ACTUAL DOCUMENTED PROOF OF INVOLVEMENT DOZENS OF CASES IN STATE COURT IN CT ALONE DOZENS CASES IN FEDERAL COURT AND DOZENS OF CASES OUTSIDE THE STATE REPRESENTATIVE TONG SAYS HES BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE CONNECTIDCUT BAR FOR 18 YEARS HE'S A COMMERICIAL LITIGATOR FOR A BIG FIRM AND SAYS MOST OF HIS CASES SETTLE BEFORE GOING TO A JURY OR EVEN A TRIAL

THEYRE HIGH STAKES LITIGATION THESE CASES TAKES YEARS AND YEARS TO DEVELOP AND THEY RARELY GO TO TRIAL AND WHEN THEY DO GO TO TRIAL THEY RARELY GO TO VERDICT BUT ALL ALONG WAY THESE CASES ARE HEAVILY LITIGATED FROM DEPOSITIONS TO MOTIONS TO DISMISS TO MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGEMENT TO TRIALS TO VERDICT HE SAYS HE USUALLY WORKS WITH A TEAM OF ATTORENYS, BUT THAT HE HAS SEEN ATLEAST TWO CASES TO VERDICT IN RECENT YEARS – A FEDERAL CASE IN BRIDGEPORT AND A SUPERIOR COURT CASE IN NEW BRITAIN FOR EXAMPLE IN THE NEW BRITAIN CASE I DID IT MYSELF

TALKED ABOUT THE CHARDEOIN CASE I HAD A MAJOR ROLE, ON MY FEET DID THE OPENINGTONG ALSO LISTED SEVERAL OTHER CASES THAT HE SAYS HE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE ININCLUDING ATLEAST THREE GOING ON RIGHT NOWBUT ARGUES IT SHOULDN'T MATTER THE BYSIEWICZ DECISON DOES NOT SAY A CERTAIN NUMBER OF TRIALS TO VERDICT AND IF YOU MET THAT STANDARD YOU GET TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL THATS NOT THE LAW PERIOD

THE BYSIEWICZ DECISON SAYS SOME LITIGATION EXPERIENCE IT SAYS THAT THREE TIMESTONG BELIEVES MCKEEN IS TRYING TO REDEFINE THE STATE LAWAND THIS IS NOTHING BUT A SMEAR CAMPAIGN MCKEEN SAYS HE'S JUST LOOKING FOR THE ANSWER TO HIS QUESTION SHOW YOUR EVIDENCE

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