Prosecutor: Apparent suicide makes gag order ‘moot’ in Jennifer Dulos case

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Prosecutor: Apparent suicide makes gag order ‘moot’ in Jennifer Dulos case

While the prosecution says a gag order appeal in the Jennifer Dulos case is now “moot” after her estranged husband’s apparent suicide, his attorney argued in a Tuesday court filing that there is still merit for a Supreme Court ruling.

Defense attorney Norm Pattis, representing Fotis Dulos, filed an appeal in October, seeking a state Supreme Court ruling on the gag order imposed by Stamford Superior Court Judge John Blawie in the criminal cases against his client.

Fotis Dulos died on Jan. 30, two days after attempting suicide at his Farmington home. He was charged with murder Jan. 7 in the death and disappearance of his estranged wife, who has not been found.

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Attorneys on both sides had until Tuesday to file a five-page memoranda with the court stating their position on whether the appeal should be dismissed.

The gag order appeal is now “moot” and should be dismissed since Fotis Dulos has died, according to Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Scheinblum, who is representing the state in the appeal.

But Pattis, in his Tuesday filing, said even though this client is dead, “the gag order still applies to Mr. Dulos’ counsel and the other defendants charged in connection with Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.”Pattis said Fotis Dulos’ estate has “a liberty interest in his legacy that public speculation tarnishes while a gag order silences his advocates and family. The court can still grant practical relief through the disposition of Mr. Dulos’ appeal.”Scheinblum contends that since the defendant is dead, there would be no […]

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