by Charles A. Monagan
Aug 10, 2010
01:13 PMOn Connecticut
Waterbury State's Attorney Connelly in Federal Probe
Things are on the boil in Waterbury, where longtime symbol of probity State's Attorney John A. Connelly is said to be the subject of a federal grand jury investigation into his relationship with a prominent local defense attorney.
According to several sources who asked not to be identified, the feds are looking into whether Connelly's ties with Atty. Martin Minnella have grown improperly close, and whether prosecutorial behavior in certain court cases can be connected - directly or indirectly - to gifts, vacations and other emoluments. The sources say federal investigators have seized records from both Minnella and Connelly, and that the list of potential witnesses is growing. Tom Carson, a spokesman at the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Haven, said only, "We can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a grand jury investigation."
Connelly has been on the job in Waterbury since the 1980s. Over 25 years, he has developed a reputation as a take-no-prisoners prosecutor who has, among other things, sought, and won, the death penalty in several big cases. For his part, Minnella has never been one to shy away from the limelight or to take on difficult, often unsavory cases.Waterbury State's Attorney Connelly in Federal Probe