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On December 7, Todd Bussert traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to present on federal sentencing and prison issues. As part of a seminar sponsored by the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Alabama, Todd discussed defense-based sentencing advocacy in the post-Booker world as well as BOP issues.
TODD BUSSERT SPEAKS AT EDWARD BENNETT WILLIAMS INN OF COURT
On November 17, Todd Bussert traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a panel presentation concerning white-collar offenders in the federal Bureau of Prisons. The presentation was sponsored by the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of the American Inns of Court. Also on the panel was an attorney from the BOP’s Central Office and two former federal prisoners.
The American Inn of Court is an invitation-only professional organization comprised of distinguished judges, lawyers, law professors and law students. Designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar, the Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court specializes in white collar criminal prosecution and defense.
FROST | BUSSERT CLIENT ACQUITTED OF MURDER
October 31, 2016
As the New Haven Register reports, a jury sitting in New Haven Superior Court acquitted Todd Bussert’s client on a charge of Murder and the lesser included offense of Manslaughter in the First Degree. The trial, which was covered in the local press (see here, here and here), concerned a fatal stabbing on New Year’s Day 2016. After hearing three days of evidence, the jury found that Mr. Bussert’s client had acted in self-defense.
ROBERT M. FROST, JR. AND TODD BUSSERT CRIMINAL DEFENSE SUPER LAWYERS
For the fourth year in a row, the publishers of Connecticut Magazine have named Attorneys Robert Frost and Todd Bussert Connecticut Super Lawyers in the field of criminal defense. For information on the selection process, click here.Please use this image:
TODD BUSSERT PRESENTS ON FEDERAL PRISON ISSUES
On May 20, Todd Bussert, a federal criminal attorney whose practice includes Bureau of Prisons-related representation, to federal defense practitioners in Burlington, Vermont concerning Bureau of Prisons issues. Then, on June 2, he spoke at the 25th Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in St. Petersburg, Florida. That seminar is an annual continuing legal education program for federal criminal practitioners. Both presentations addressed BOP designation and programming matters, the administrative remedy process, the 500-hour RDAP, and Sex Offender Management Programs (SOMPs).
TODD BUSSERT PUBLISHES ON FEDERAL PRISON ISSUES
Along with BOP Senior Counsel Alicia Vasquez, Todd Bussert has written an article concerning the Bureau of Prisons’ designation process for the ABA’s Criminal Justice Magazine. Additionally, Todd’s revised chapter on the Bureau of Prisons has been published in the latest edition of the Defending a Federal Criminal Case treatise.
ROBERT FROST SPEAKS AT PUBLIC DEFENDER TRAINING SEMINAR AT UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT SCHOOL OF LAW
March 3, 2016
On March 3, 2016, Robert Frost participated as a speaker at the Connecticut Public Defender Training Seminar entitled ““PROSECUTORIAL IMPROPRIETY AND JURY SELECTION,” held at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Connecticut. Bob’s presentation was entitled “Some Observations on Picking a Jury in Connecticut.”
FROST | BUSSERT CLIENT ACQUITTED OF FEDERAL ARSON MURDER
December 18, 2015
As the New Haven Register reports: “A federal jury acquitted a man charged with setting a house fire that killed a Branford woman in March 2006. Steven Martone, who was arrested and detained since March 2014, walked out of federal court in Hartford a free man Friday, accompanied by his wife, mother, two of his brothers and a sister-in-law. Martone and his family declined to comment after several minutes of tearful hugs in the courtroom. ‘Mr. Martone, from the beginning of this, has maintained his innocence,’ defense attorney Todd Bussert said. ‘His one real wish was to be home with his kids for Christmas. He’s thankful to the jury for that.’” Attorney Bussert was co-counsel in the matter with Attorney Jeremiah Donovan of Old Saybrook.
FROST | BUSSERT CLIENT ACQUITTED OF MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES IN BRIDGEPORT
December 4, 2015
Following two weeks of jury selection and four days of evidence, Attorneys Robert Frost and Erica Barber secured a complete acquittal for their client in State v. F. The client had been facing up to 50 years in prison based on manslaughter and gun charges, including Manslaughter with a Firearm. After hearing closing arguments, the six-person Bridgeport jury deliberated for approximately one hour before delivering the not guilty verdict. The client, who had been detained since September 2014, was released immediately.
CONNECTICUT SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF FROST | BUSSERT CLIENT; DECISION BLOCKS BANKING DEPARTMENT’S EFFORTS TO LICENSE AND REGULATE ATTORNEYS
For the past three years, Attorney Robert Frost has represented the law firm of Persels & Associates, LLC in connection with the Connecticut Department of Banking’s efforts to separately license and regulate attorneys who practice in the area of consumer debt negotiation. On September 15, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued an opinion blocking the Banking Department’s efforts, holding that they violate Separation of Powers principles under the Connecticut Constitution. See Persels & Associates, LLC v. Banking Commissioner, No. SC 19359. As discussed on law360.com:
Persels & Associates argued that Connecticut’s debt negotiation rules improperly expanded the banking commission’s powers in a number of ways, such as by giving it the authority to judge attorneys’ integrity and by requiring them to purchase an expensive license in order to perform standard legal services.
The supreme court agreed with those points, as well as Persels & Associates’ position that it has to be considered a law firm even though it focuses primarily on debt-relief.[…]
The court also said that it trusted the state’s Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel to monitor debt negotiators and mete out punishment if and when it learns of unreasonable fees.
FROST | BUSSERT, LLC WELCOMES NEW ATTORNEY
September 1, 2015
We are pleased to announce that Attorney Erica A. Barber has joined the firm as an associate, following a clerkship with the Honorable Michael R. Sheldon of the Connecticut Appellate Court. Prior to her clerkship, and while still in law school, Erica worked as a law clerk for FROST | BUSSERT LLC, during which time she assisted on various criminal cases and participated in two murder trials as a certified legal intern. Erica’s practice areas will include state and federal criminal defense, criminal appeals, post-conviction matters, and civil litigation.
TODD BUSSERT CITED ON FUTURE OF CONNECTICUT DEATH ROW INMATES
On August 25, 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court declared the death penalty invalid under the state’s constitution. A Connecticut Law Tribune article concerning future considerations for capital felony defendants and prison assignment of those on death row includes a quote from Todd Bussert:
Todd Bussert, of Frost Bussert in New Haven, who was part of the legal team for the other Cheshire defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, believes former death row prisoners should be given the opportunity to be part of the general prison population, not in isolation 23 hours a day, unless it is proved necessary in a particular defendants’ situation.
“I can’t speak to all the guys on death row, but I’d say the majority don’t have disciplinary histories so serious as to warrant 23-hour lockdown status,” said Bussert. “There are any number of defendants within the Department of Corrections who received life sentences, not death, and are in the general prison population.
“There has been no public uproar about that for the last 20 years,” continued Bussert. “If they present problems, then the state DOC is more than equipped to intervene and take appropriate measures.”
Bussert said if lawmakers try to dictate to the Department of Correction how inmates should be housed based solely on the nature of their offense, then he expects constitutional challenges to be made.
TODD BUSSERT PRESENTS ON BOP ISSUES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
On July 24, Todd Bussert spoke at a daylong Bureau of Prisons-related training sponsored by the District of Columbia Corrections Information Council (CIC). The session focused on D.C. Code offenders in BOP custody. In addition to Mr. Bussert, panelists included a BOP attorney and a designation official.
ROBERT M. FROST, JR. AND TODD BUSSERT CRIMINAL DEFENSE SUPER LAWYERS
For the third year in a row, the publishers of Connecticut Magazine have named Attorneys Robert Frost and Todd Bussert Connecticut Super Lawyers in the field of criminal defense. For information on the selection process, click here.
TODD BUSSERT TO SPEAK AT FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES SEMINAR
Todd Bussert, a federal criminal defense attorney whose practice includes Bureau of Prisons-related representation, is confirmed to speak at the 24th Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in St. Petersburg, Florida, on May 29, 2015. The seminar is an annual continuing legal education program for federal criminal practitioners. The panel presentation, entitled “Bureau of Prisons Issues,” will address BOP designation and programming matters, the administrative remedy process, the 500-hour RDAP, and Sex Offender Management Programs (SOMPs).
FROST BUSSERT OBTAINS ACQUITTAL IN $1M COCAINE CASE
On December 15, after deliberating for three hours, a Bridgeport jury returned seven not guilty verdicts in a case concerning Attorney Todd Bussert’s client’s alleged involvement in the controlled delivery of what prosecution witnesses established was $1,000,000 of cocaine. As the Connecticut Post reported, Mr. Bussert’s client left the courthouse a free man, surrounded by his family.
FROST BUSSERT SECURES REMAND OF CRIMINAL RESTITUTION ORDER
On December 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered that a criminal restitution order entered against one of Attorney Todd Bussert’s appellate clients be vacated, and the case remanded for reconsideration of restitution.
TODD BUSSERT PRESENTS ON BOP ISSUES IN BOSTON
On October 29, Todd Bussert spoke on Bureau of Prisons (BOP) issues to members of the Boston Federal Defender office as well as local attorneys who serve on the District of Massachusetts’s Criminal Justice Act (CJA). Issues addressed include the BOP’s designation process, including accommodation of federal prisoners’ medical and mental health problems; the 500-hour substance abuse treatment program (RDAP); and the BOP’s management and treatment of sex offenders.
CONNECTICUT SUPREME COURT DECIDES PAWN SHOP CASE INVOLVING FROST BUSSERT CLIENT
In July, the Connecticut Law Tribune profiled Attorney Robert Frost relative to his representation of a pawn shop owner involved in a case before the Connecticut Supreme Court. The case presented an issue of first impression, namely how much pawnbrokers can charge for their services. Mr. Frost argued the matter on September 23, 2013. On September 16, 2014, the Court officially released its decision.