Prosecutor Who Took Videos Of Women Is Seeking Reinstatement To Bar

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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Stephen Sedensky
Stephen Sedensky

Former state prosecutor David Holzbach, who was fired last year for photographing and video recording women in Danbury court, is asking a judge to reinstate his privilege to practice law.

"The Respondent states that the disability has been removed and that the Respondent is fit to resume the practice of law," according to a document filed by Holzbach's attorney, Dennis McDonough, of Bethel, in Waterbury Superior Court.

The one-page document offered no details of the "disability" or any treatment that Holzbach received. In a brief interview, McDonough would say little other than Holzbach is "doing well."

"I really can't comment on it while it's pending at this point," McDonough said.

Holzbach, who was admitted to the state bar in 1985 and had been an assistant state's attorney for 24 years, was formerly a resident of the suburban Danbury town of Bethel. He now lives out of state. There is no indication he is trying to get his prosecutor's job back. It appears that he simply wants his law license restored.

The reinstatement hearing was initially scheduled for Monday, Nov. 25. However, it has now been continued until Feb. 3.

Suzanne B. Sutton, the state's first assistant chief disciplinary counsel, said that her office has requested "certain information and documentation for review prior to that hearing.'' She added: "At this point, it is uncertain if or when or under what conditions he will be reinstated."

Holzbach, who was admitted to the state bar in 1985, was fired in August 2012 after being reportedly caught in a courtroom with a large pen that contained a concealed video camera. State officials would later say that Holzbach repeatedly used the $80 Brookstone "video spy pen" to make recordings of women in the courthouse without their permission. During an internal investigation, Holzbach acknowledged using the video pen, but said he never took videos in the restroom, lock-up or jury area.

He had reportedly been admonished twice previously about similar behavior. Holzbach was reprimanded in 1992 by a previous Danbury state's attorney for videotaping courthouse staffers without their knowledge in courthouse hallways and offices, as well as in the parking lot. He was reprimanded again in 2006 for clandestinely photographing a female intern in the state's attorney's office.

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