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Smolinski Appeal of Civil Judgment for Madeline Gleason

Smolinski Appeal of Civil Judgment for Madeline Gleason

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Brief filed with the Connecticut Appellate Court appealing the judgment for Madeline Gleason in her defamation suit against the Janice Smolinski and Paula Smolinski Bell.
Brief filed with the Connecticut Appellate Court appealing the judgment for Madeline Gleason in her defamation suit against the Janice Smolinski and Paula Smolinski Bell.

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 AC No. 34990I
N
T
HE
C
ONNECTICUT
A
PPELLATE
C
OURT
 _______________ J
 ANICE
S
MOLINSKI
 
 AND
P
 AULA
B
ELL
,Defendants-Appellants,v.M
 ADELINE
G
LEASON
,Plaintiff-Appellee. _______________ On Appeal from the Superior Court Judicial District of New HavenCase No. NNH-CV06-5005107S (Coradnio, J.) _______________ 
BRIEF OF APPELLANTS/DEFENDANTS
 _______________ M
ICHELLE
S. C
RUZ
L
 AW
O
FFICES
 
OF
M
ICHELLE
S. C
RUZ
10 Columbus Blvd.Hartford, CT 06106Tel.: (860) 415-6529 AttyMichelleSCruz@yahoo.comMarch 25, 2013S
TEVEN
J. K
ELLY
(
PRO
 
HAC 
 
P
ENDING
) A
NNE
T. M
C
K
ENNA
(
PRO
 
HAC 
 
P
ENDING
)S
ILVERMAN
, T
HOMPSON
S
LUTKIN
& W
HITE
, LLC201 North Charles Street, Suite 2600Baltimore, Maryland 21201Tel.: (410) 385-2225Fax: (410) 547-2432skelly@mdattorney.comamckenna@silvermckenna.com
Counsel for Appellants
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
STATEMENT OF THE ISSUES.............................................................................................ivTABLE OF AUTHORITIES......................................................................................................vI.INTRODUCTION..........................................................................................................1II.STATEMENT OF THE FACTS.....................................................................................1 A. T
HE
L
OVE
T
RIANGLE
..........................................................................................2B. T
HE
S
MOLINSKI
F
 AMILY
S
D
ESPERATE
S
EARCH
 
FOR
B
ILLY
 
 AND
G
LEASON
S
 B
IZARRE
R
ESPONSE
 
TO
T
HAT
S
EARCH
...............................................................4C.B
ILLY
S
M
OTHER
S
A
RREST
 
FOR
P
OSTING
F
LYERS
..............................................6D.G
LEASON
S
M
 ANY
O
THER
C
 AUSES
 
FOR
A
NGUISH
 
 AND
D
IMINISHED
R
EPUTATION
..8III.STATEMENT OF THE PROCEEDINGS....................................................................10IV.ARGUMENT...............................................................................................................12 A.P
LAINTIFF
S
C
LAIMS
 
 ARE
B
 ARRED
 
BY
 
THE
F
IRST
A
MENDMENT
 
 AND
 
THE
 C
ONNECTICUT
C
ONSTITUTIONAL
E
QUIVALENT
....................................................12B. T
HE
T
RIAL
C
OURT
E
XHIBITED
B
IAS
W
HICH
C
ONSTITUTES
P
LAIN
E
RROR
............161.J
UDICIAL
C
ONDUCT
; D
UTIES
 
OF
J
UDGE
; S
TANDARD
 
OF
R
EVIEW
..............172.T
HE
T
RIAL
R
ECORD
D
EMONSTRATES
P
LAIN
E
RROR
 
IN
 
THE
T
RIAL
J
UDGE
S
 B
IAS
 
 AND
L
 ACK
 
OF
I
MPARTIALITY
............................................................19C.T
HE
T
RIAL
C
OURT
E
RRED
 
BY
F
INDING
“I
NTENT
” S
OLELY
B
 ASED
 
ON
H
EARSAY
 S
TATEMENTS
M
 ADE
 
TO
P
OLICE
 
 AND
M
EDIA
.......................................................22D. T
HE
T
RIAL
C
OURT
M
ISAPPLIED
 
THE
L
 AW
 
 AND
F
 ACTS
R
ELATING
 
TO
 
THE
IIEDC
LAIM
..............................................................................................................241.T
HE
R
ECORD
 
IS
I
NSUFFICIENT
 
TO
S
UPPORT
 
 A
F
INDING
 
ON
 
THE
T
HIRD
 
 AND
 F
OURTH
E
LEMENTS
 
OF
IIED..................................................................252.T
HE
T
RIAL
C
OURT
E
RRED
 
BY
I
GNORING
D
EFENDANTS
’ J
USTIFICATION
 
FOR
 T
HEIR
A
LLEGED
C
ONDUCT
.....................................................................27ii
 
E. T
HE
T
RIAL
C
OURT
E
RRED
 
IN
F
INDING
D
EFAMATION
 
ON
 
THIS
R
ECORD
................281.T
HE
A
LLEGED
S
TATEMENTS
 
TO
V
RABEL
 
 AND
D
EPALLO
 
 ARE
O
PINIONS
 
THAT
 C
 ANNOT
C
ONSTITUTE
D
EFAMATION
........................................................292.T
HE
C
OURT
E
RRED
 
BY
F
INDING
D
EFAMATION
B
 ASED
 
ON
 
 A
C
OMMENT
 
TO
 
 AN
U
NIDENTIFIED
G
YM
C
USTOMER
.........................................................313.T
HE
D
EFAMATION
C
LAIM
F
 AILS
B
ECAUSE
P
LAINTIFF
D
ID
 
NOT
S
HOW
 
THE
  A
LLEGED
S
TATEMENTS
 
WERE
F
 ALSE
............................................33F.T
HE
T
RIAL
C
OURT
E
RRED
 
IN
A
WARDING
D
 AMAGES
 
IN
 
THE
A
BSENCE
 
OF
 
 ANY
 P
ROOF
 
OF
D
 AMAGES
.........................................................................................33.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
V.CONCLUSION............................................................................................................35REQUEST FOR ORAL ARGUMENT....................................................................................36CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE................................................................................................36CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE........................................................................................37iii

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