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Media Advisory

Re: State v. Michael S.


The parties in State v. Michael S. will appear before the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Stamford/Norwalk at Stamford, Criminal Division, on Thursday, March 1, 2001 at 10 a.m. concerning the State's motion for change of venue and any further proceedings according to law. The motion will be heard at GA 1 Courthouse, 115 Hoyt Street in Stamford.

Because of the change in date, requests still may be made for credentials. If you have already applied, you will not have to reapply. Media organizations wishing to attend these proceedings should fax a request on their company letterhead to Ginny Apple, Manager of Communications, Connecticut Judicial Branch, 860-757-2215. The name of the reporter must be provided. Please include a fax number with your request.

Because of the limited time frame, fax transmissions will be accepted during business and non-business hours from the time of the release of this advisory until Tuesday, February 27, 2001 at 2 p.m. No extensions or exceptions will be considered. Requests will be processed in the order they are received.

Reporters from Connecticut daily newspapers, television and radio stations will receive pre-assigned seats as will the Connecticut Bureau of the Associated Press, the Connecticut Bureau of The New York Times, and The Connecticut Law Tribune. However, Connecticut organizations must still fax a letter of request and commit to daily coverage of the proceedings. We have reserved seats for members of the victim's and respondent's families, counsel, court officials and the public.

If the number of media requests does not exceed the available seating, all such requests will be granted.

If the number of requests exceeds the seating capacity, media representatives must pool in each of the following categories: print media (includes daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, books) television, radio and sketch artists.

The Connecticut Practice Book (Sections 1-10, 1-11) does not allow the broadcasting, televising, recording or photographing of court proceedings by news media for proceedings that take place before the jury has been sworn in and, in non-jury cases, before the swearing in of the first witness.

The use of laptop computers is permitted as long as use does not disturb the court proceedings. Cell phones and pagers must be muted in the courtroom and any calls must be made or received outside of the courtroom.

Notification of receipt and acceptance of requests will be announced on the Connecticut Judicial Branch website at https://www.jud.ct.gov and by fax no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2001.

In case of inclement weather or any changes in the scheduling of this matter, notices will be posted on the website and faxed to the media. The media should be alert to such change. Please check our website at https://www.jud.ct.gov for updates.

Please refer all inquiries to Ginny Apple, Manager of Communications, for the Connecticut Judicial Branch, 860-757-2270.


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