The state Senate will form a bipartisan committee to investigate and possibly discipline former Senate Republican leader Louis DeLuca following his guilty plea for conspiring to threaten his granddaughter's husband, top senators announced this afternoon.
The six-member committee, composed of three Democrats and three Republicans, will be named within the next two weeks, and the full Senate could vote in November on whether to reprimand, censure or expel DeLuca. The committee could also decide to take no action following a series of public hearings.
"The committee will be thorough and deliberative, and will consider a variety of disciplinary options,'' Williams said, noting that DeLuca would be given the chance to present his case.
DeLuca was arrested in June on a warrant after the FBI stated that DeLuca met with Danbury trash hauler James Galante in April 2005 in order to have Waterbury resident Mark Colella intimidated because DeLuca believed that Colella was abusing his wife, Casey - DeLuca's granddaughter. Colella has denied the allegations, and DeLuca has repeatedly refused to resign as a senator over the past two months.
This whole embarrassing episode of the senate disciplining one of their own could all be avoided if "Looney" DeLuca would simply do the right thing and simply resign. The fact that he hasn't resigned, or that the Republican leadership hasn't place pressure on him to step down, is simply mind-boggling.
DeLuca had dealings with James Galante, an individual on trial for tax fraud, racketeering, and extortion based on a federal probe of organized crime in Danbury's trash industry.
On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.