State v. Badaracco
A Superior Court possesses the power to set a convicted defendant's appeal bond, pursuant to State v. Vaughn, an 1899 decision of the Connecticut Supreme Court. The State of Connecticut alleged that the defendant, Dominic Badaracco, offered a $100,000 bribe to a Superior Court judge, in violation of Connecticut General Statutes §53a-147. A jury convicted the defendant, and he was sentenced to seven years in prison and three years of special parole. The defendant intends to appeal, and he requested a stay of execution of his sentence and that the court set his appeal bond. A court should exercise great caution when it grants postconviction bail, pursuant to State v. Menillo, a 1970 decision of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Postconviction bail should not be granted when the crime is serious. Here, the defendant failed to persuade the court that postconviction bail is appropriate. "The nature of the crime for which the defendant was convicted (offering a $100,000 bribe to a superior court judge)," wrote the court, "demonstrates a complete lack of respect for the rule of law and the integrity of the judicial process." The court denied the defendant's request to stay the sentence and to set postconviction bail.