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Opinion: East Haven Cop Victim Of Political Correctness

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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Norm Pattis

When Zullo read a statement to the court expressing sorrow, he told the court that, as an officer, he was taught to keep secrets. The judge and the government pretended to be shocked that lawmen lie to protect one another. It was a ridiculous spectacle. And when Zullo refused to confess to being a bigot, the government, and the court, acted as though it were offended.

His plea was forgotten. Politics took over. Zullo was going to be sacrificed on an altar of political correctness.

Although federal sentencing guidelines called for a sentence of 10 to 16 months, the judge decided that wasn't enough time. He sentenced Zullo to two years in prison, telling him he needed to be punished for the harm he caused all his victims.

The judge told Zullo the sentence was intended to foster respect for the law. It had the opposite effect, yielding in his family a sense of betrayal. In what reptilian universe are men punished for crimes to which they did not confess, and of which they weren't found guilty?

Dickens had it right. The law is an ass.

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