Gag order appeal dismissed in Jennifer Dulos case

STAMFORD — Attorney Norm Pattis is considering taking his appeal of a gag order in the Jennifer Dulos case to the U.S. Supreme Court after the state justices have dismissed his argument.

The state Supreme Court dismissed the appeal late Wednesday without issuing any reasoning for its decision. The decision came after both sides submitted briefs about why the appeal should still be considered since Fotis Dulos died last month from an apparent suicide .

“The gag order remains a repulsive stain on the state’s constitutional terrain,” Pattis said Thursday. “The court’s decision to use Mr. Dulos’ death as a pretext for avoiding the issue is chilling.”

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Pattis represented Fotis Dulos in the murder and other charges in connection with the May 24 death and disappearance of his estranged wife.

Pattis filed the 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.

Attorneys on both sides had until Tuesday to file a five-page memoranda with the court stating their positions on whether the appeal should be dismissed.In his filing, Pattis said even though his 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. […]

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