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Prosecutor John Connelly Resigns

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Former Waterbury States Attorney John Connelly. WTIC file photo.

Former Waterbury States Attorney John Connelly. WTIC file photo.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Waterbury Chief State’s Attorney John Connelly has decided to retire amid poor health and a federal investigation of his ties with a defense attorney.

Supreme Court Justice Richard Palmer, chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission, said Friday the resignation came after an inquiry by the commission into allegations that have been the subject of a federal investigation. He said the panel was prepared to take “appropriate action” against Connelly.

Connelly’s attorney said his client has been fighting cancer and called the allegations baseless.

Norm Pattis, who represents defense attorney Martin Minella, has said investigators are looking at trips the two men took together to Las Vegas and whether Minella got favorable treatment from Connelly. Pattis said Connelly reimbursed Minella for the travel.

No charges have been filed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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