Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Bill regarding Connecticut Pardons:

General Assembly

Substitute Bill No. 170

    January Session, 2007



Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 54-130a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2007):

(a) Jurisdiction over the granting of, and the authority to grant, commutations of punishment or releases, conditioned or absolute, in the case of any person convicted of any offense against the state and commutations from the penalty of death shall be vested in the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

(b) [Said] The board shall have authority to grant pardons, conditioned, provisional or absolute, for any offense against the state at any time after the imposition and before or after the service of any sentence.

(c) The board may accept an application for a pardon three years after an applicant's conviction of a misdemeanor or violation and five years after an applicant's conviction of a felony, except that the board, upon a finding of extraordinary circumstances, may accept an application for a pardon prior to such dates.

[(c)] (d) Whenever the board grants an absolute pardon to any person, the board shall cause notification of such pardon to be made in writing to the clerk of the court in which such person was convicted, or the Office of the Chief Court Administrator if such person was convicted in the Court of Common Pleas, the Circuit Court, a municipal court, or a trial justice court.

[(d)] (e) Whenever the board grants a provisional pardon to any person, the board shall cause notification of such pardon to be made in writing to the clerk of the court in which such person was convicted. The granting of a provisional pardon does not entitle such person to erasure of the record of the conviction of the offense or relieve such person from disclosing the existence of such conviction as may be required.

(f) In the case of any person convicted of a violation for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment may be imposed, the board shall have authority to grant a pardon, conditioned, provisional or absolute, in the same manner as in the case of any person convicted of an offense against the state.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2007


Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

Section 1(c) was rephrased for clarity.


Joint Favorable Subst.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Christopher Kennedy, Ellington, Connecticut

and his 3 children are victims of Connecticut State Police, Prosecutorial, and Judicial Misconduct.

Tampering of a Witness by a Connecticut Judge against the plaintiff in a Federal Lawsuit

I talked with Chris yesterday. I consider him a good friend.

He has a security clearance and works on the development and production of fighter aircraft parts. Chris is not someone that you would normally suspect of getting into trouble with police and in the courts. That is what makes his case special.

Chris told me that he had brought a Federal lawsuit against Judge Jonathan Kaplan, prosecutor Chris Parakilas, an Enfield CT Police Officer, and a State Trooper.

Chris Kennedy claims that Judge Jonathan Kaplan stalked him around a courthouse, blocked Chris' exit with his gold Cadillac, prejudiced and influenced other judges and prosecutors in other cases against Chris started for retaliation purposes, and placed a complaint against a judge in Chris' "sealed" family file so another judge would also retaliate against Chris Kennedy.

A Hall of Shame? Posted by Picasa

Chris Kennedy was stabbed by his wife during arguments over custody of children and assets before divorce proceeding ensued. Chris' wife is a mandatory DCF reporter and is a nurse and allegedly has legal and court connections to sway decisions and treatment of those by police, DCF, and in the courts.

While Chris' wife awaited trial for felony assault, their 3 kids were awarded to the wife. Charges were dropped against the wife, and an onslaught of charges were brought against Chris as he challenged the unfair treatment he was receiving, was arrested more and more, facing at one time 30 years in prison and a $500,000 bond for accidentally checking the wrong box in a court form.

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell shaking hands with Steven G. Erickson [post] 12:15 PM EST July 1, 2005 Posted by Picasa

I brought up Chris Kennedy.

I went to see Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell regarding the Chris Kennedy case when he was to face 30 years in prison, and asked her if Chris was being retaliated against for contacting her legal staffer, Kevin Rasch, regarding Judicial Misconduct of Connecticut Judges, Jonathan Kaplan, Howard Scheinblum, and others, and the prosecutorial misconduct of Christopher Parakilas. Chris also complained about being assaulted by a Connecticut State Trooper while in custody, claiming Connecticut State Police Misconduct.

John Dibiase, Jr. (left) and Chris Kennedy [post] on the left in front of Hartford Court on Lafyette St. Posted by Picasa (picture taken at 9:15 AM EST, July 1, 2005)

There should be Federal intervention and the Connecticut Judges, Prosecutors, Defense Lawyers, and Police that are involved in fraud, theft, obstruction of justice, and racketeering, acting as an organized crime family, should be arrested under RICO and prosecuted, federally.

Chris has suffered financially and emotionally. His daughter have cried often, over years, just wanting to see their father. Is this justice?

My complaints against Kaplan and the Police sent to Connecticut State Police Commissioner, John A. Danaher III, click here

Where is Jeffrey R. Yeaw now? He was the subject of an amber alert for rescuing his kids from a DCF Facility where they weren't adequately secured and cared for. Click Here for more.

How does Connecticut deal with criminals, not citizens being retaliated against. Click Here

My email:

Did former Gubertorial candidate Curry have the "skippy" on Rell and Rowland
? Click Here

Links of Note

A blast from my past [click here]

Faces from a Police State [click here]

Beyond Ridiculous

Thursday, August 9, 2007

The Connecticut State Police on Probation?

Why shouldn't the Connecticut State Police be disbanded to have reduced powers, budget, and personnel to be a Connecticut Highway Patrol? My reasons [click here]

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From the Hartford Courant:

Group Backs State Police

Agency Reaccredited, With Conditions

By TRACY GORDON FOX | Courant Staff Writer
August 8, 2007

The state police have been reaccredited, with conditions, by a team of assessors who found most of the department in order, but stipulated that the agency's internal affairs unit be re-evaluated in a year to ensure that problems are corrected.

To gain reaccredited status from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the state police had to comply with 446 standards, the commission said. They did, with the exception of four areas - three in internal affairs and one in evidence storage - that needed to be corrected, said Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.

"There were some issues and they were accredited with conditions," said Sylvester Daughtry Jr., executive director of the commission. "They have a period of time to make any corrections and report back to the commission in 12 months."

But the department's union president, Steven Rief, said he believes the assessors from the commission should have been more thorough, given the recent problems with internal affairs and allegations of racism that have arisen in the state police.

"I do have concerns. CALEA didn't even talk to any of us [in the union], didn't reach out and talk to me," Rief said of the commission. "It just looks like one more whitewash.

"We have a number of problems. There is harassment going on within the workplace," Rief said. "We have all these problems that are still out there and nobody seems to be concerned about it."

Rief said the agency should have been put on probation.

"I think it warrants a further review and not for them to be here for only a week," he said.

The state police received its accreditation on July 28 at the commission's summer conference in Montreal. The state police also received a certificate of meritorious accreditation for being one of a handful of agencies to be continually accredited for more than 15 years.

Public Safety Commissioner John A. Danaher III and other top state police officials said they were pleased with the reaccreditation.

"Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement excellence," said Col. Thomas Davoren. "Our commitment to the accreditation process represents our obligation to professional excellence."

The department was in the midst of making corrections to the internal affairs division when assessors came for their on-site visit, part of a three-year process of reaccrediting the agency. A 168-page report by the New York State Police and the Connecticut attorney general's office, released in December, outlined misconduct and improper influence in cases against troopers that involved domestic violence, sexual assaults, drunken driving, and larceny. The internal affairs unit has since been revamped, with all the complaints going to a centralized division.

In recent weeks, some black troopers have complained about derogatory remarks and offensive e-mails made about race. State officials are investigating the allegations.

Contact Tracy Gordon Fox at

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Are Connecticut State Police out to protect prostitutes and railroad citizens to prison that complain?
[click here for post]

I was out to evict 3 prostitutes, and was told by Connecticut State Police Officers that I was kicked out of Connecticut. Another landlord moved to evict 3 prostitutes, then a 14 year old prostitute attacked Donald L. Christmas on his property, and only Donny faced prison. See a pattern?:

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The Cheshire Connecticut Home Invasion

Dr. William Petit prepares to address the crowd at a memorial service at Cheshire High School. (JOHN WOIKE / September 19, 2007) [click for Harford Courant links]

The Petit's home was entered by criminals. 3 family members suffered and died.

An absolute tragedy.

Some may think it selfish that I think of my case and of myself as I speak about the above story. Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell seems to want to scrap the system previously in place over this one case making incarceration, parole, and probation even more strict and abusive. Maybe the extent of the abuse these criminals suffered led to their "snapping". I am not saying criminals shouldn't be punished, but they should be tormented, psychologically tortured, and treated worse than animals, either.

Do you have to be rich, connected, and powerful to get any official respect in Connecticut?

I used to own rental properties in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, [video of properties] spending 100's of thousands of dollars fixing them up from a boarded up condition, years of my life.

A felon, a violent criminal alcoholic, drug abusing, house breaker, threatened my life and terrorized me for weeks, leaving messages of impending violence, telling me and my tenants that he intended on killing me. Brian Caldwell would bang on my door after midnight waking up neighbors and tenants, screaming that he'd cut off my penis if he caught me out in my own yard!

The Connecticut State Police and Stafford Town Police made it clear that they only served who they felt like protecting and serving and if I called in to complain about anything I got rude, threatening, arrogant, responses, or just plain excuses. Women that have been raped were treated rudely by Troopers, threatened with arrest for "making it up" when they were too lazy to investigate crimes.

Caldwell caught me in my dark driveway after weeks of being terrorized and having my life threatened. He beat me after beating all over my back and the back of my head. I had returned dog tired, after a double shift of work to my dark driveway. I thought he was grabbing a knife to cut off my penis, so I pepper sprayed him.

Police arrived to arrest only me, refused to listen to the threats Caldwell made on voicemail and answering machines of mine and others, and refused to take statements and complaints from my tenants, myself, and witnesses to the incident, and then perjured themselves at a rigged trial saying I never tried to lodge a complaint against Caldwell!

Connecticut State Troopers Langlois and Amaral paraded me around and around my house in front of my tenants and neighbors in handcuffs. They propped me against a State Police Cruiser highly visible to passer byers to RT 190 and my neighbors facing out on the cruiser with the bright light of another cruiser lighting me up, displayed for all to see.

I had been previously told by Connecticut State Police that I was kicked out of Connecticut and if I didn't leave I would be arrested, I was. Connecticut State Police then bragged that "Big Mouth is going to prison" before my trial.

I was told to plead guilty by the prosecutor, no deals, and I would get a year in a half in prison, or go to trial. I had no choice but to go to trial. The prosecutor told me that I could not be "unarrested" when it was found out that I was the victim of a strong armed robbery on my own property. The prosecutor wanted to shield police from being sued and punished for misconduct.

Connecticut State Police Officer Mulcahey again told me that I was kicked out of Connecticut, and that if I didn't leave Connecticut that I would be arrested again. I feared spending the rest of my life in prison for police retaliating against me for what I wrote in newspapers and for laws that I proposed to elected officials.

Stafford Officer Frank Prochaska and Stafford Connecticut Resident Trooper Mulcahey, allegedly offered Peter Coukos help in obtaining a pistol permit if he terrorized me and my daughter out of Connecticut.

Coukos left a message on my answering machine ranting and raving. I don't know if he was under the influence of alcohol, crack cocaine, and/or other drugs. Within his rant he had a message for my 14 year old daughter, "If she doesn't call me Mr. Coukos and say hello to me, she's dead!" He said exactly that, or something very similar. I went to Resident State Trooper Mulcahey in Stafford and he told me that I would be arrested if I pursued the matter.

Coukos left messages on my voicemail threatening me and my daughter's life. He caught me out in outside my home and started slapping me in the back of the head, punching me in the back, telling me he wanted my daughter, then 14, to give him a blow job, saying, "Turn around you piece of shit." Coukos had a deal with police that if I defended myself, only I, again, would be arrested.

Does this sound like "America" in an American State to you?

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The Role of a State's Attorney General

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal ignored [this letter] even when a US Congressman called and wrote in for an answer to it. No phone call or letter was received in reply. Should a State's Attorney General be about making sure that laws are followed or to run interference to see that a State and officials aren't, rightly, sued for violating citizens rights and breaking the law?

Should Blumethal, Governor M. Jodi Rell, John G. Rowland, former Police Commissioner Arthur L. Spada, Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers, William J. Sullivan, and others be subject to [these laws]?

Should a citizen like John Dibiase, Jr., get protection and help from Blumenthal, not the agencies and officials, that abuse families and children? [video story]

Should citizens that have been wronged by a rogue judge be helped? [video story]

[click here] for the Judicial Branch scam on taxpayers.

[click here] for my letter to the Washington DC FBI

Rules and laws haven't been followed by judges and Connecticut courts regarding the ADA since about 1980. If judges aren't acting Constitutionally and aren't following rules should any of their rulings be considered valid? Maybe that is why Bill Mulready's case was just thrown out. [more]

Judges in Connecticut can ignore laws and rules regarding limited liability corporations, known as "LLC", judges will rule on cases even though they don't have jurisdiction, and will retaliate against citizens that handle their cases pro se. Just ask Francis C. P. Knize. [video of testimony]

As a landlord, I didn't want to pay $2000/month to pay for 3 prostitutes to have free lodging, electricity, and heat, when I had no interest in supporting the criminals that a prosecutor and police thought I should and just "shut up about it". I, later, was prosecuted by the prosecutor, Keith Courier, who had told me not to file against prostitute, Lana Thompson, or he'd see to it that I was arrested and prosecuted. Donald L. Christmas did not want 3 prostitutes to have free lodging in his rental properties against the wishes of police. Donny, also, was arrested and faced prison, no deals, for being attacked on his property. [video]

The reasons police, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, legislators, the governor and aids, DCF, and other officials don't break ranks as they will also receive "blanket retaliation". Kristine Blake, a worker for the Connecticut Department of Retardation had false allegations made about her to the Manchester PD. The false accusers and the officers involved in a conspiracy never faced punishment. If Blake didn't have a passport stamped to prove she was out of the country at the time, she would have been railroaded to prison as a felon. [video 1] [video 2]

A Hartford Police Officer's young teen son was allegedly abducted by police, and allegedly strangled to death by a Connecticut State Police Officer, and then revived, as part of retaliation and a conspiracy to obstruct justice, intimidate witnesses, and cover up for police misconduct. [video]

Former Norwalk Connecticut Mayor Bill Collins talks about police officers throwing beer bottles on his porch and vandalizing his house, testifying in front of a special legislative committee in Hartford. Police retaliated for Collins complaining that citizens were being abducted, beaten, and interrogated in abandoned warehouses by police officers wearing ski masks. [video]

Richard "Ritt" Goldstein assembled international experts on Civilian Oversight of Police, and testified at a special hearing in front of legislators at the Capitol Building in Hartford:

Ritt soon after was so terrorized by Connecticut police that he fled the US to seek political asylum in Sweden. What does that say about Connecticut police, the courts, the Attorney General, the legislature, and Governor of Connecticut?

My email:

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The Connecticut State Police on Probation

I just did a google search on "accreditation Connecticut State Police" not in quotes and [this entry] came up #1.

Connecticut State Police misconduct, the latest embarassment, Troop G, [click here for story]

Is there still "Gay Bashing" going on within the ranks of the Connecticut State Police?:

CT Officers ask AG to investigate state police
By Beth Berlo

GOAL/NE Vice President, Det. Michael Carney

Following what the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) of New England has described as a series of discarded complaints in the internal affairs department at the Connecticut State Police, the organization is now asking the state’s attorney general to step in. [click here for more]

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Hartford Courant Comment in forum written by former Police Commish Spada:

My Free Speech dot com post that Spada so hated, text cut and pasted and posted here:

Former Rockville Connecticut Judge and former Connecticut State Police Commissioner Arthur L. Spada

My Comment to Arthur L. Spada in a Hartford Courant forum thread:

"Mr." Spada,
didn't you demote the highest ranking police woman because she was a woman while you were Connecticut State Police Commissioner?

I emailed you the text of a letter I sent to the USDOJ asking that the USDOJ webpage on Community Policing (COPS) be taken off the official Connecticut State Police website.

It was a day before I was to be sentenced for pepper spraying a mugger. I knew that if a former fellow Rockville Judge, Jonathan J. Kaplan went ballistic on me, I'd know that you contacted Kaplan and were illegally colluding with him to railroad me to prison.

I believe that is a felony that you committed among others.

Mr. Arthur L. Spada didn't you have chauffeurs haul you around at taxpayer expense? Didn't you falsify official records to hide that you were stealing from taxpayers as you were being driven around to golf ranges? An officer can be felony arrested for taking his cruiser home for lunch for the gas used. Why shouldn't you, Mr. Spada; be arrested for felony theft and fraud? Why couldn't you account for homeland security funds?

Who did more damage to the overall ethics of the Connecticut State Police, you or Lee?

Mr. Spada, you had no police powers, yet you were pulling people over on the highway, what is up with that, shouldn't you have your ego checked for this:

There are police officer rumors that you were either a client or helped run a prostitution ring that ran out of the Webster theatre in Hartford to service cops, lawyers, prosecutors, and judges, is that true? Was it called, "Spada's rub and tug"?

So, Mr. Spada, if you are felony arrested and convicted, should you be wearing the GPS at home arrest bracelet?

If there is ever real justice in Connecticut and the State gets Un-Mobbed up, I feel you will have to pay the piper. I would like an answer from you in writing regarding my belief that you illegally put me in prison for my having proposed Civilian Oversight of Police, for my being critical of State Police in letters to the editor, for attempting to sue police for violating my civil rights, and for upsetting your inflated ego by complaining about you to Rowland's former governor's office?

My email address and mailing address can be found in post on lawyers, here:

Mr. Spada, do you have the guts to answer me honestly?

Steven G. Erickson

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Arthur L. Spada's Hartford Courant piece:

Change Parole Rules - And Monitor Those Released

Arthur L. Spada
August 6, 2007

The Petit family tragedy is a metaphor for the pivotal failure of the Connecticut criminal justice system. Interlocking failures culminated in a night of terror orchestrated by recently paroled Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky. The use of electronic ankle bracelets would have prevented this carnage.

The federal government and many of our sister states now embrace the use of attached ankle bracelets for all released felons. Connecticut needs to adopt a similar program. To do otherwise endangers innocents.

The state's prisons have become revolving doors for career criminals. The great wash of criminals cannot be tried because of the state's anachronistic, time-consuming, protracted voir dire requirement. Voir dire is a procedure by which prospective jurors are questioned. In Connecticut, they are questioned individually rather than in a group. Neither the federal government nor any of our sister states employ Connecticut's individual voir dire selection for juries.

This results in an abnormally high rate of plea bargaining and an abysmally low rate of trials. Every defendant in a plea-bargained disposition negotiates his own sentence. The result? Excessively short sentences for serious crimes.

Hayes, harnessed with a conviction record of 20 robberies and six larcenies, had plea-bargained for a five-year sentence to a charge of burglary. Hayes served two years and was paroled administratively, without benefit of a public hearing; nor were his victims notified. This miscue was legitimized by the recent enactment of Public Act 04-234.

This law must be repealed or seriously amended. Its unabashed purpose is "to reduce by 20 percent the number of inmates jailed due to technical violations of probation or parole." The message to parolees is no re-incarceration unless you repeatedly violate your conditions of parole or commit a serious crime.

But Public Act 04-234 causes additional harm to our citizenry. Except for a handful of heinous crimes, sentenced inmates are now eligible for administrative parole almost immediately. A staff clerk reviews a file without notifying the victims and then submits a recommendation - but there is no public record of the reason for the recommendation.

There is even more harm contained in the law: Inmates can be transferred to halfway houses 18 months before their release date. The Department of Correction can release inmates charged with a misdemeanor and Class D felons who cannot make bail. (This raises a serious separation of powers issue because bail-setting is a judicial function.) The Correction Department can release inmates for work or educational purposes to a community or private residence. The commissioner can issue renewable 30-day furloughs. Drug-dependent sellers can twice enter a treatment program in lieu of prosecution or jail.

The most contemptible provision of Public Act 04-234 is the shift of responsibility: It places the onus on the parole board to show why it should not grant parole rather than putting the burden on the prisoner to prove why he should be released: "The Board must give specific reasons why the person and public would not benefit from the person's parole while transitioning to the community."

This new standard is a stark affront to the law-abiding citizens of our state.

Connecticut's prisons must accommodate the influx of 5,000 prisoners annually. Because the prison population is at near-maximum, that means 5,000 inmates must be transferred or paroled to the community. The political resistance to building new prisons or placing inmates in out-of-state prisons mandates the use of electronic ankle bracelets.

These bracelets are electronically connected to global positioning satellites. The satellite can continuously transmit digital radio signals pinpointing the parolee's location. Currently, 268 sex offenders are electronically monitored by the state's parole division.

To protect citizens and to ensure against another Cheshire redux, we now need to use electronic ankle bracelets on all released felons during their entire parole period and on career criminals during fixed time periods beyond parole.

Ironically, the GPS solution would save taxpayers money, although saving lives and property, not saving dollars, would be the reason to use ankle bracelets. Inmates cost an average $30,000 per year; the GPS system costs an average $4,650 per year. The GPS can help parole officers enforce curfews and keep parolees within circumscribed boundaries.

The repeal of Public Act 04-234, the removal of voir dire in criminal cases and the use of electronic ankle bracelets for all paroled and career criminals will usher a new day of domestic tranquility. Such changes would burnish the images of the Cheshire innocents.

Arthur L. Spada, a former Superior Court judge, was state commissioner of public safety in the Rowland administration.

Copyright © 2007, The Hartford Courant

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Friday, June 09, 2006

The Connecticut State Police Omerta Crumbling?

Arthur L. Spada, former Connecticut State Police Commissioner

Witness Reveals `Secret' Meeting Says Session Involved Public Safety Chief, Father Of Slain Man

June 9, 2006 By TRACY GORDON FOX And ALAINE GRIFFIN, Courant Staff Writers

MERIDEN -- A former state police commissioner went behind the backs of detectives feverishly tracking leads in the 2003 mob-style killing of a Middletown businessman, holding a "secret meeting" with the victim's father and attorney, according to testimony in the larceny trial of former state police Maj. Greg Senick.

Timothy Barry, a former commander and colonel of the state police, made the accusations against his former boss, Public Safety Commissioner Arthur Spada, during testimony Wednesday in Senick's trial in Superior Court in Meriden. The trial has become a fish bowl of the dysfunctional state police hierarchy during Spada's tenure, which ended in 2004.

Through his pointed cross-examinations, Senick's attorney, James Wade, has tried to show that Senick's arrest was fueled by politics from outside and within the department. Under Wade's questioning, Barry, a prosecution witness, disclosed the meeting Spada and Senick held in 2003 concerning one of Middletown's most notorious unsolved homicides, the slaying of Joseph Mazzotta.

It was "a secret meeting that was completely undisclosed and undocumented and after that, Mr. Wade, I told your client if he ever did anything like that again I would run him right out of the state police," Barry said.

"And I told him, don't ever do that again. If that ever occurs where the commissioner is going to do something unethical as that, you have to tell me about that," said Barry, who now works in fraud management for a Hartford insurance company.

Senick, who is accused of charging thousands of dollars in bills to the state while living in state-owned property, had been Spada's chief of staff.

Reached at home Thursday, Spada, a former Superior Court judge, acknowledged meeting with Salvatore Mazzotta, the father of Joseph Mazzotta, who had been shot in the face and neck at point-blank range in Middletown. But he vehemently denied there was anything secretive or unethical about it and said that Barry was bitter and out to get him because he drummed Barry out of the department, after he learned Barry was trying to get his job.

"It's an outrage. It's the mad ranting of a disturbed and paranoid mind," Spada said of Barry, whom he had appointed colonel.

"It was the worst appointment I ever made, and I regret it."

Spada said he frequently met with citizens who wrote to him about cases or problems.

"Mr. Mazzotta is a citizen. He lost a son in a very gruesome killing," he said.

"I conducted hundreds of these sessions when I had a complaint."

Spada said the meeting was held in the library of his office and that state police attorney Dawn Hellier was there.

"It was on the calendar," he said.

Spada said Mazzotta had asked the state police to take over the investigation of his son's death from Middletown police. He said the major crime unit had already completed its investigation and had turned over any evidence to Middletown detectives.

But according to Barry and other sources, the state police Statewide Narcotics Task Force and Organized Crime Task Force were still involved when that meeting took place.

Friends found Mazzotta's body in the offices of the family's equipment-rental business on Boston Road in Middletown on April 14, 2003. Police never determined a motive for the killing.

Mazzotta, 40, was a member of one of Middletown's wealthiest families, prominent in local construction and real estate.

Investigators have examined the family's investments in the Schaghticoke Indian tribe in Kent and Joseph Mazzotta's involvement in Cocktails on the Green, the Cromwell bar in which Mazzotta had a silent interest. The bar was in financial trouble, and police sources said low-level transactions of narcotics and stolen goods took place there. Before his son was killed, Salvatore Mazzotta had hired bodyguards to keep order at the bar. He also paid tens of thousands of dollars to settle the bar's debts so it could be sold.

About a month before the slaying, a severed pig's head was left at the bar's front stoop.

In December 2003, Middletown investigators went to Springfield, Mass., looking for possible connections between Mazzotta's slaying and the Nov. 23, 2003, killing of Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno, a reputed mobster for the New York-based Genovese crime family.

Bruno attended Mazzotta's wake and funeral and is known to have associated with Salvatore Mazzotta, sources close to the investigation have said. Last December, Frankie Roche, a Massachusetts man with reputed mob ties, was charged with murder in Bruno's death.

Salvatore Mazzotta had been meeting regularly with Middletown police for updates, police sources said, but the meetings are now less frequent. Sources have said Mazzotta's involvement has been awkward at times, partially because in 1990, Salvatore Mazzotta was charged and later acquitted in a cocaine-trafficking case.

On Thursday, Mazzotta recalled meeting with state police after his son was killed, but he could not remember meeting with Spada. He said a stroke he had four months ago has affected his memory.

Mazzotta said his greatest frustration has been police officers' insistence that he knows more about this than he is saying.

"Instead of looking for who killed my son, they were looking at me," Mazzotta said about Middletown detectives.

"They go to Springfield, they follow me. I'd be a damn fool if I know who did it and don't tell."

Mazzotta, who had asked for state police help days after the slaying, said he lacked confidence Middletown police could find his son's killer and was disheartened when state police pulled out of the case just months after the slaying. He said no one has contacted him about the investigation in 2½ years.

"They left me hanging. I don't know nothing," Mazzotta said.

"I don't have faith in nobody no more. I lost a son."

Middletown Deputy Police Chief Lynn Baldoni declined to comment on the investigation Thursday.

Spada's name had come up at a March 4, 2004, meeting between state police investigators, Drug Enforcement Administration officials and officers from the Statewide Narcotics Task Force.

At that meeting, state police Capt. Peter Terenzi, then head of the narcotics task force, voiced concern about Spada's involvement in the Mazzotta case

In a report, Terenzi said that Spada had friends and associates in the area who "were also some of the people we were looking at as possible or potential targets."

Terenzi was later transferred and disciplined after allegations surfaced that he disparaged Spada's familiarity with Italians.

In his testimony, Barry said Senick was "obligated" to disclose the 2003 meeting with Mazzotta, which occurred "while an investigation is going out and dozens of officers are trying to solve the case."

"You know, Mr. Wade, as a criminal defense attorney the consequences of actions like that," Barry said, referring to how the meeting may have affected the case.