TITLE: IV. Lessons Learned
attorney client privilege
the right of a client to refuse to disclose information he or she shared
confidentially with an attorney.
bill of attainder - a
legislative act that singles out one or more persons and imposes punishment on
them, without a trial.
bi-partisan - supported by
members of two parties, especially two major political parties.
brief - a written statement
setting out ones arguments.
burden of proof the duty
to prove an assertion to move on in a legal proceeding.
capias an order
commanding someone to be arrested or taken into custody.
categorical immunity not
held responsible under any circumstances.
caucus a meeting of the
local members of a political party.
compel force someone to
Statutes the collection of state laws that govern Connecticut.
something known that was previously unknown.
due process the
administration of justice according to established rules and principles.
Ethics Commission advisory
opinion a formal response from the Commission to persons who are subject to
the Code of Ethics that ask how the Code applies to specific situations.
executive session when
the public is excluded from the meeting of a public agency for purposes of
discussing personnel matters, pending litigation, security issues, real estate
deals or disclosure of public records.
Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) - A law that requires the government to give out certain information
to the public when it receives a written request
hearsay testimony given
by a witness who relates not what he or she heard, saw, or knew personally,
but what others have said.
hearsay rules hearsay
testimony was allowed during the Select Committee of Inquiry hearings.
impeach - to accuse a
public official of a crime while in office.
in camera a hearing or
inspection of documents that takes places in private.
in limine at the outset.
(usage: Attorney Ross Garber requests permission to file a motion in limine
prior to the calling of witnesses by the Select Committe of Inquiry.)
indict to officially
accuse someone of a crime.
inference - a logical
judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather
than on the basis of direct observation.
jurisdiction the power to
exercise authority over persons and things within a territory.
justiciable - issues and
claims that can be properly examined in court.
litigant a party to a
Majority Leader the
leader of the majority party in either the House or the Senate.
Minority Leader the
leader of the minority party in either the House or the Senate.
non-partisan free from
party affiliation or bias.
partisan a member of a
per curiam - an opinion
which expresses the decision in the case but which does not identify the judge
who wrote it.
precedent court decision
on a legal question that guides future cases with similar questions.
Pro Tempore (pro tem.) for
quash to make void.
quorum the minimum number
of members required to hold a meeting.
ripe a case that is ready
to be argued before the Supreme Court because all other avenues for
determining the case have been exhausted.
Select Committee of Inquiry
to Recommend Whether Sufficient Grounds Exist for the House of Representatives
to Impeach Governor John Rowland a group of ten Representatives assigned by
the House in House Resolution 702. Committee is referred to throughout the
unit as the Select Committee of Inquiry.
separation of powers the
idea that government is most free and effective when the powers and functions
of government are divided amongst separate, independent governmental
Speaker of the House
Elected by the Majority party to preside over the session of the House. Sets
the agenda for the party issues and controls which bills are debated on the
special counsel a lawyer
appointed for a particular purpose. (Attorney Steven Reich was appointed as
Special Counsel for the Select Committee of Inquiry.)
speech and debate
protection refers to the immunity of legislators from arrest or prosecution
while the legislature is in session.
standing the right or
capacity to initiate a suit.
State Ethics Commission
in Connecticut, a nine member panel created to administer and enforce the
State's Codes of Ethics.
stay an order forbidding
an action until an event occurs or the order is lifted.
subpoena an order
requiring an individual to testify.