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Twenty-Seven New Judicial Marshals Set to Graduate

Twenty-seven judicial marshals are scheduled to graduate on Tuesday, June 8, 2004. Of the group, eight will report to the New Haven Judicial District; seven to Waterbury.

The ceremony will start at 2 p.m. at the Supreme Court courtroom, located at 231 Capitol Ave. in Hartford, and last an hour. Cameras will be allowed.

"We’re extremely pleased that nearly 30 judicial marshals are coming on board," Chief Court Administrator Joseph H. Pellegrino said. "We have thousands of individuals who go through our courts every year, and the judicial marshal is the first person they encounter inside of the courthouse. That gives you an idea of how vital the job is."

And in a post-9/11 world, Judge Pellegrino said, courthouse security is more important than ever. "The vigilance of our judicial marshals is essential to maintaining safety, both for the public and the state employees who work in the courthouses," he added.

Besides New Haven and Waterbury, four other judicial districts will receive graduates: Stamford–Norwalk, five; Ansonia-Milford, four; Tolland, two; and Danbury, one. Assignments are based on the operational needs of a particular judicial district.


Judicial marshals became part of the Judicial Branch in December 2000, when the responsibility for court security, custody of prisoners and prisoner transportation was transferred to the Branch. Candidates for the job must pass a physical exam and agility screening, a drug screen, and a criminal background check. They then must complete a six-week training program at the Judicial Marshal Academy in New Britain.

The graduates, the towns/cities they come from, and their assignments are:

Neal Ahearn, Middletown, Ansonia-Milford Judicial District.
Kenneth Art, Milford, Ansonia-Milford Judicial District.
Joseph Blondeau, Waterbury, Waterbury Judicial District.
Christopher Caporale, New Haven, New Haven Judicial District.
Janet Cintron, Bridgeport, Ansonia-Milford Judicial District.
Michael Danaher, Waterbury, Waterbury Judicial District.
Alphah East, Hamden, New Haven Judicial District.
Carmelo Figueroa, Hartford, New Haven Judicial District.
Clyde Fountain, Stratford, Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District.
Stephanie Foy, New Haven, Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District.
Marcus Freeman, Stratford, Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District.
Leah French, Meriden, New Haven Judicial District.
Michael Georgetti, Milford, Ansonia-Milford Judicial District.
More Gunn, New Haven, New Haven Judicial District.
Aline Hubeny, Watertown, Waterbury Judicial District.
Tanya Johnson, Bridgeport, Danbury Judicial District.
Jeffrey Leonard, Redding, Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District.
*Lynn Maille, Somers, Tolland Judicial District.
Gerald Nelson, West Haven, New Haven Judicial District.
Jorge Prieto, New Haven, New Haven Judicial District.
Michael Ritter, South Windsor, Tolland Judicial District.
Rene Rodriguez, Naugatuck, Waterbury Judicial District.
Jeffrey Scanlon, Naugautuck, Waterbury Judicial District.
Carl Schaaf, Waterbury, Waterbury Judicial District.
Matthew Sommer, North Haven, New Haven Judicial District.
Frantzy Toussaint, Stamford, Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District.
Walter Williams, Oakville, Waterbury Judicial District.

*Judicial Marshal Maille is class manager and will make remarks during the graduation.

For further information, please contact Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, manager of communications, at 860-757-2270.

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