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A Connecticut family court judge from a politically connected family was able to seal her entire divorce file, even as she asked participants in divorces she judged to perform extraordinary tasks in litigating their own divorces.

Waterbury Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Bozzuto is a member of the Bozzuto family, which not only owns Bozzuto Inc., “a family-owned, leading total service wholesale distributor, established in 1945, based in Cheshire, Connecticut,” but also owns a real estate investment and development company out of Greenbelt, Maryland, where the clients include Blackrock Realty Group, Fannie Mae, Bank of America, JP Morgan Asset Management, Pritzker Realty Group, and Boston Properties, giving her family powerful regional and state connections.

Michael Bozzuto, the CEO of Bozzuto Inc., made more than ten thousand in campaign contributions since 2000, including a $1,000 contribution to the 2000 Bush campaign and a $2,500 donation to the 2012 Romney campaign.

Judge Bozzuto, who received her law degree from Western New England College School of Law, a school with a mediocre reputation, first became a judge when then Republican Connecticut Governor John Rowland, appointed her in 2000.

Rowland would later plead guilty on December 23, 2004, to depriving the public of honest service, after a long investigation, which initially led to state impeachment proceedings in January 2004. Rowland plead guilty in a campaign fee scandal in March 2014 and is awaiting sentencing on December 12, 2014.

Ted Taupier, a victim of Bozzuto, said, because of this every nomination Rowland made–Bozzuto included–should be audited.

In November, 2014, RebelPundit first broke Taupier’s story, where Judge Bozzuto sanctioned Taupier for taking his children to a state bill signing. Taupier was later arrested by the local SWAT team when a private email interpreted to be threatening was forwarded to Judge Bozzuto.

RebelPundit has spoken to five other victims of Bozzuto who say she played a role in tearing their families apart, even as Bozzuto was able to seal her own divorce records.

According to Connecticut statute, the legislature provides for “very few instances” where court records are sealed, though those instances include family court matters where “the welfare of any children involved or the nature of the case requires” it.

Taupier, and the other five victims, told Rebel Pundit that in those cases only the pertinent portion, not the entire file, would be sealed, and they all felt it was a violation of their civil rights to be judged by Bozzuto without knowing what happened in her own divorce.

Judge Buzzoto, her chief of staff Elizabeth DeLuca, Melissa Farley, Executive Director of External Affairs for the Judicial Branch of Connecticut, and Deputy Director Martin Libbin, of Legal Services for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch did not respond to phone calls or emails regarding the case.

Susan Skipp said Bozzuto was only on her case for a few months, but it was enough to set all the wheels in motion events which led to her not seeing two of her children for more than two years, even though she accused her ex-husband of abusing those kids.

Her story was one of dozens featured in a fifty-thousand word expose by Keith Harman Snow in 2012, which described a pedophile ring connected to Connecticut family court.

While Skipp’s story largely unfolded after Bozzuto left the case, Bozzuto appointed the Guardian ad Litem, and two psychologists–Mary Brigham, Dr. Sydney Horowitz, and Dr. Howard Krieger–all of whom are documented as playing a role in the conspiracy in Snow’s expose. But Skipp’s ex-husband’s lawyer, Rosemary Guiliano, also represented Bozzuto in her divorce, a fact not disclosed by Bozzuto and uncovered by Skipp independently, forcing Bozzuto off the case months later.

Giuliano, Horowitz, and Krieger didn’t respond for a comment for this story. Brigham declined to give an on the record comment.

Skipp’s case served as a catalyst for a US Department of Justice Civil Rights Divison review of all cases in the Connecticut Judiciary.

Paul Boyne hasn’t seen his children in eight years and recently wrote this to a court official on his daughter’s twelfth birthday, “Want to see the pictures of her celebrating with her dad and grandparents? There are none. She doesn’t even know them.”

Boyne said that Bozzuto came on his case late, when most of the damage had already been done, but has issued a ruling forcing him to submit an affidavit to obtain her permission before she lets him file a motion.  She has denied all subsequent affidavits to move forward effectively making it impossible for him to use the court to get his kids back.

Szymonik was effectively sent to debtor’s prison when Bozzuto claimed an unpaid bill of about $10,000 to the GAL was enough to put him in the holding cell for about four hours on Wednesday December 3, 2014.

Szymonik told RebelPundit, Bozzuto released him from the holding cell later that day after notable media exposure from 60 Minutes, and his attorney argued at a hearing later that day, that Bozzuto had no legal authority or right to jail his client.

Stephanie Priestman said that Bozzuto secretly assigned a stranger to be next of kin, shortly before the state, using newly created laws following Sandy Hook, began investigating her after her autistic daughter attacked a state official who had taken her into custody.

After a months long investigation was quietly dropped, Priestman’s children were allowed to live with her again, but she told RebelPundit, she believes the entire experience has given her Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Lori Thaner said she’s still waiting for Bozzuto to render a final decision on a motion to modify custody that was filed in November of 2011. However, in her case Bozzuto allowed details of a sealed juvenile file of Thaner’s son from a previous marriage into family court, where records are normally open to the public.

Bozzuto and her two assistants also repeatedly dodged questions on the individual cases featured.

Though Bozzuto’s name has come up in several previous investigations, the media in Connecticut has remained largely quiet about her prior misdeeds.

A Rebel Pundit examination revelaed the Connecticut media is poorly structured, which leads to it being conflicted and weak. Several years back, all of the so-called Valley Advocate set of newspapers were sold to the Hartford Courant, which is part of the Tribune media empire. This move allowed 75-80% of the media coverage in Connecticut to come from one company.

The Courant also owns the news division for a local Fox affiliate,e among a series of other newspapers and other media entities throughout the state and beyond.

In the Courant’s umbrella of media, Bozzuto’s actions have been ignored, while both of Taupier’s divorce related arrests have been played.

RebelPundit made numerous attempts to reach reporters David Owens and Kelly Glista of the Hartford Courant, Alex Gecan of the Middletown Press, and Bob Wilson of the local News Channel 8. All covered both of Taupier’s arrest with zest, while ignoring RebelPundit’s reporting–none responded for comment.

Since April 2013, Bazzuto has been head of the family court, this political web allows Bozzuto to run roughshod over family courts with impunity.

 

11 Responses

  1. Sally Smile

    IT IS HARD TO KNOW WHY WE AS TAX PAYERS ACTUALLY FUND THIS CORRUPTION WILLFULLY AND KNOWINGLY, THE FACT THAT THE STATE PRESS IS MANAGED BY THE CORRUPTION IS ANOTHER ATROCITY. THE ENTIRE STATE LEGISLATOR AND THE ENTIRE COURT SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE BURT TO THE GROUND AND WE “THE PEOPLE” NEED TO TAKE THE STATE BACK – TIME FOR A REVOLUTION AND FLUSH THE BLOOD OF TYRANTS FROM THE CT GOVERNMENT ! – “Promoting confidence in the judiciary is the first rule in the code of judicial conduct. Is there anyone who still has any confidence in those batshit freaks marauding around in black robes?” THERE IS NO CONFIDENCE IN THE CT JUDICIARY OR STATE GOVERNMENT !

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  2. Sally Smile

    Fallout from BOZZUTO- not disclosing – she is still on the bench why ? how corrupt is the CT JUDICIARY ?

    On September 9, 2010, the plaintiff, appearing before the court as a self-represented party, filed a two count complaint against the defendants for wilful violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct and negligent infliction of emotional distress. The complaint alleged that Giuliano had engaged in misconduct during her representation of Kimberly Gamble-Perugini, the plaintiff’s former wife, in prior marriage dissolution proceedings against the plaintiff. Specifically, it alleged that Giuliano
    failed to disclose a conflict of interest resulting from her prior representation of Judge Elizabeth Bozzuto, who presided over postjudgment proceedings and issued various rulings between April 27, 2009, and June
    8, 2010. Although the complaint acknowledged that any allegedly inappropriate orders issued by Judge Bozzuto had been vacated, the plaintiff sought damages from the defendants for the stress, agony, depression and expense he claims to have endured as a result of Giuliano’s alleged misconduct. This action was commenced on September 10, 2010. The defendants filed a request to revise the plaintiff’s complaint on September 21, 2011, to which the plaintiff did not properly object until December 30, 2011. In the interim, the plaintiff noticed Giuliano’s deposition for October 20, 2011. On October 14, 2011, the defendants filed a motion for a protective order on several grounds,
    including the claim that privileged documents involving the defendants’ representation of Gamble-Perugini should not be explored and the deposition should be limited to the allegations in the complaint. On December 6, 2011, the court, Trombley, J., issued an order allowing the deposition to proceed by February 17, 2012, which further stated: ‘‘The areas inquired into at said deposition shall be those that are framed by the allegations in the plaintiff’s complaint . . . .’’ He further indicated that ‘‘[t]he defendants are not required to produce their file or any documents in their possessionpertaining to the dissolution action . . . entitled Kimberly Gamble-Perugini v. Michael Perugini, as the information contained therein is protected by attorneyclient privilege.’’

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  3. Susan

    This is only the grimy scraping that gets under one’s nails when scratching the surface of Connecticut’s Judicial Branch.

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  5. S Williams

    Interesting that no one has speculated as to why Judge Bozzuto had her own divorce records sealed. What on earth could she be hiding? Criminal activity? Scandal? Conflict of interest? How about recklessly pursuing an extramarital lover while disregarding the needs of her own children? Passing extreme and harsh judgement on honest, loving and decent parents who stand before her in family court while she is clearly unable to resolve her own legacy of failed parental/spousal relationships? Nah. Those are just the highlights from the trailer.

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  7. S Williams

    In court, Bozzuto, wields a sharp blade that she uses to carve up families as she sees fit with little regard for expert testimony, family ties, parental rights or contemporary child psychology research.

    A few examples of Bozzuto’s horrendous actions include:

    Bozzuto doesn’t ask probing questions or seek clarification on flimsy or conflicting testimony, but simply goes along with the testimony hatched by her predetermined favorite.

    Bozzuto’s decisions have brought a dark shadow on the Connecticut family court system and only served to harm the children she is sworn to protect.

    Bozzuto’s decisions have emboldened and enabled individuals who should have been held accountable for their criminal or negligent actions.

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