Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5477

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING STATE V. MCCAHILL.

Vote Date:

3/28/2018

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/14/2018

File No.:

Disclaimer: The following JOINT FAVORABLE Report is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose.

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Representative Themis Klarides

Representative Lezlye Zupkus

REASONS FOR BILL:

In 2012, Hiral Patel was convicted of eight counts on a drug related murder in Sharon, Connecticut. Following a conviction of felony murder and conspiracy to commit home invasion, he was released on a post-conviction bond of 1.5 million dollars while awaiting sentencing. This bill seeks to ensure that anyone convicted of murder, murder with special circumstances, felony murder, and arson murder are not released from prison while awaiting sentencing in order to comply with the Connecticut Supreme Court's decision in State vs. McCahill.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

The House Republican Office Supports this bill because “[it] is a simple fix to the statutes that codify current law… [specifically] the portion of [section 54-63f] that… prohibited persons convicted of a crime involving the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against another person;” a statute that was ruled to be unconstitutionally broad in the 2002 Supreme Court decision in State vs. McCahill.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Representative Kevin Skulczyck Supports this bill because“[it] is a simple fix to Connecticut statutes” that seeks to remove a portion of unconstitutional language from Connecticut law, and because “no being held on murder charges should ever have the opportunity to cause more harm to the public.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

N/A

Reported by: Cassandra L. Hobbs

Date: April 13, 2018