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HatCityBLOG late music club: John Chapman

Saturday, April 09, 2011
Time: 1:27 AM

Music by John Chapman. Open Mic at 1Bar, Elm Street, 04.04.11.

LIVE VIDEO STREAM: Danbury Town Hall Meeting with Gov. Malloy

Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Time: 5:15 PM

Today Governor Malloy will be making a stop in Danbury to discuss his budget proposal with the public.

I'll be providing a video stream of the event at Roger's Park Middle School starting at 6:45.

HatCityBLOG VIDEO STREAM: City of Danbury 2011-12 budget proposal presentation

Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Time: 5:24 PM

Today at City Hall, Mayor Boughton is scheduled to present his city budget proposal for 2011-12.

Chekc back here to view the video stream of Boughton's presentation...the stream will start around 7:30 TONIGHT.

BETHEL: Burke harassment case dismissed; announces intentions to run for First Selectman

Time: 4:57 PM

This news will not make Paul Improta happy.

Bethel Patch:
After appearing at State Superior Court in Danbury Tuesday and having his harassment charges dismissed, Former Bethel First Selectman Robert Burke announced that he will again seek the Office of Bethel First Selectman this fall.


In an issued press release, Burke said: "I'm extremely happy to put what was been a very difficult situation behind me...I want to make it clear, I never did anything wrong and chose to use this [accelerated rehabilitation] program because it represented the most efficient means of putting an end to this matter."

Burke also claims his innocence to the charges and said choosing to complete the rehabilitation program does not suggest his guilt.

"The allegations against me were not true," he said. "Recently, the Connecticut Supreme Court stated that using such a program does not imply the applicant is guilty of anything."

Burke was Bethel's First Selectman from 2005-2009, serving two terms as a Republican. The harassment case came while he was seeking a third term when he ran under the Pro-Bethel Party.

"This matter was the result of my political enemies, taking action specifically designed to harm me...to ensure my defeat in the last election and they hoped I would stay for good," Burke said. "This is not going to happen, and I announce today that I will again seek the Office of the Bethel First Selectman in the next municipal election."

Republicans in Bethel accuse Burke of splitting the GOP vote in the 2009 election for First Selectman and blame him and the ProBethel Party for Matt Knickerbocker's win over the Republican endorsed candidate Larry Craybus.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: The Marty Heiser Show 03.18.11

Time: 1:30 PM

Read Boughton's Danbury 11 deposition

Monday, April 04, 2011
Time: 8:56 AM


In honor of Mark Boughton continued dishonesty in regards to the Danbury 11 case, here's the transcript of the mayor's videotaped deposition.

In short, Yale definitely did their share of homework when it comes to the history of immigration under Boughton's watch and while they didn't nail everything, lets just say that they were able to get the mayor on record on a certain matters of interest such as:
  • Agreeing that pretext arrests are wrong YET that's exactly what DanburyPD did at Kennedy Park in Sept 2006 (the day laborers were ONLY charged with immigration violations.

  • Boughton's laughable suggestion that the media was inaccurate in their coverage of the case, primarily his comments about the city's role in the Kennedy Park raid.

  • (p. 244) Boughton claimed that he learned that DPD drove the van a year prior his deposition (which would be in 2009) YET that information came out during a different trial (deporation case) based on a FOI request from Yale back in spring 2007. I know this because I did an interview with the Yale attorneys on this subject in Sept 2007.



  • aprox 230) Boughton's warped history of day laborers at Kennedy. Interesting how Mark penned the problems on Kennedy starting under the Eriquez administration's watch.

  • (aprox. pg. 185-190) The close relationship between former ECC president Luis Batista and Mike McLachlan in 2005 (which explains Batista's past statements regarding 287g, Boughton, and the Danbury 11 case...but that's another story). Lets just say that I always knew the Tribuna family weren't the only people who threw their own community under the bus.

There's MUCH MUCH more damaging material in the deposisiton which I'll cover over seceral posts. I'll just say that after you read the document, you'll be very frustreated that the public was not fully informed about what the mayor stated under oath as it CLEARLY doesn't reflect what he said in the past AND continues to say to the public about the case.

The attorneys start questioning Boughton on the Danbury 11 case at page 236 (note: portions of the deposition pertaining to personal info were redacted).

...more later.

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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.

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3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

(02.25.08) Court docket

(10.24.07) Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order

(09.26.07) Press Release

(12.14.06) Complaint

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(02.25.08) Court Docket

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(10.05.07 (VIDEO) Boughton mislead the public about Danbury's involvement in raid

(09.18.07) Yale Law Students expose Danbury involvement in raid

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Interview with Yale Law Students at FOI presser

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 FOI complaint media roundup

City Clerk Jean Natale standing next to skinhead sparks outrage

(10.03.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 rally

(09.29.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 case deepens

Word of raid spread across the country

(09/29/06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 protest news conference

(09/29/06) Immigrant newspaper "El Canillita" gives best account of ICE day labor raid at Kennedy Park

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