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THE TROY GRANT CASE: "Is there a lawyer in the house?"

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Time: 3:08 PM

The trial of Troy Grant continued today...unfortunately, I was unable to attend the proceedings but here's what The Danbury Patch reported...
Troy Grant, a former youth counselor in Danbury who faces more than 100 years in prison on sexual assault charges, was given three choices in Danbury Superior Court Wednesday.

Hire a new attorney, represent yourself, or qualify for a public defender, said Judge Susan Sheridan Reynolds.

Reynolds granted Grant’s former attorney the right to drop the case. She also kept Grant behind bars awaiting trail, rather than grant his motion to dismiss his arrest for failing to appear in court in December.

Today, we received more insight into the failed relationship between Grant and his former attorney, as well as insight into Grant's refusal to accept two plea deals that was offered to him.
Diamond explained that he and Grant have failed to communicate and that Grant hasn’t paid Diamond for Grant’s upcoming trial.


“He is not participating in the trial preparation and he is not participating in the plea negotiations,” Diamond said.

The state initially offered Grant a plea deal of 85 years suspended after 45 years, and Grant rejected that offer. He was then offered a deal that cut that in half, or “more than half,” Diamond said, down to 18 years, and Grant refused it.

“Mr. Grant decided he wanted a jury trail,” Diamond said. “Mr. Grant has just not cooperated in my efforts to represent him. I think the attorney-client relationship has broken down.”

Seeing that Grant basically admitted to his crime to the police, and is facing a possibility of being locked up for the rest of his life, I never understood why he didn't accept the plea deal of 18 years.

It seems like Grant has made his situation all the more complicated...and he has only himself to blame.

UPDATE 9:30: The News-Times write-up on today's hearing just hit the wire.


02.05.10: VIDEO: Interview with Pathway Danbury Exe. Dir. Troy Grant

02.11.10: Court increase bond, places conditions to protect victims

02.18.10: Warrant paints a disturbing picture; Grant admits having sexual relations with victim

09.23.10: Grant rejects plea offers

12.09.10: Attorney wants off Grant case

01.07.11: Grant's bond raised; re-arrest issued

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