ON THE DOCKET

Court reporter Karen Florin blogs about court cases and legal matters that are in the news.

Savoring the "I can't believe I get paid for this" moments of 2015

The job of a journalist entails more than writing fun feature stories and organizing celebrity seminars. But as the year comes to a close, those are the moments I choose to savor.

Court is adjourned for Marshal Jim Kelly

Judicial Marshal Jim Kelly, who for years has been banging the gavel with gusto in a New London courtroom and reading the opening court call (Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!) in a deep and commanding voice, waited until the last minute last week to tell his co-workers at the Huntington Street courthouse that he...

Crime scene evidence collection is not for the squeamish

Retired state police detective Keith Hoyt testified last week at the murder trial of Dequan McKethan that as the Eastern District Major Crime Squad processed the scene of Darius Bishop's homicide for evidence three years ago, they could not overlook a portable toilet.

Defense lawyering can be a thankless job

Go to the mat for your client, and he thanks you with a claim of "ineffective counsel."