CBA President Declares Vote Too Close to Join Amicus

Voting results of full membership 'called as a tie'

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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Members of the Connecticut Bar Association have voted only slightly in favor of joining a legal defense of Connecticut gun control legislation with all votes in, resulting in the outcome being "called as tied," CBA President Mark Dubois said.

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  • peter kuck

    How about taking a stand for the Constitution first?
    "For too long, gun violence has taken a disproportionate toll on black and brown communities," Bell said. "As leaders, we have a duty to be a voice for those who do not have a seat at this particular table." Do you wish to be the voice of those who no longer believe in the Constitution and wish for rule by the elites, like you?

  • Lorenzo

    Only an organization of lawyers can look at Article 1, Section 15 of the Connecticut Constitution and argue it doesn‘t say what it says.

  • peter kuck

    Thank you for recognizing that Article 1 section 15 of the Connecticut Constitution exists. This was a true conflict of interest on the part of the CBA. I guess that some of those lawyers who decided to damage your organizations believed if they were successful they could always ask Malloy for appointment to the bench.

  • One of the Inurgents

    Actually, a recount with ineligible votes discounted would probably yield a new tally showing the "no" votes as the "majority," which is probably why we see this odd declaration of a "tie" and a letting go of the matter by CBA officials without further scrutiny of the votes cast. They are trying to save face in the wake of an unprecedented and successful uprising of many hundreds of members. What really matters is the lesson to the CBA‘s leadership. And it is this: indulging and abetting the political activists and self-dealing lawyers who try to misuse CBA to further their own interests, and misappropriate its logo for their personal crusades or litigation agendas will get you one helluva fight from the members. It was a fight worth waging.

  • JPS

    The most important aspect of Dubois‘ letter appears to have been omitted from this report. The letter also states:
    "In light of the fact that this difference is less than one percent of those voting and considerably less than that as a percentage of our entire membership, I am ruling that the referendum vote will be called as tied. I do not feel that the best interests of the CBA would be served going forward without a clear and empirically defensible result. Accordingly, I have decided not to sign the brief prepared by the Brady Center in support of the Appellee in the matter of Shew v. Malloy. "

    The correct decision, in my view.

  • David Pels

    Declaring the vote to be a tie does not make it so. In a democratic organization the will of the majority should prevail - even if it is a narrow majority.

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