It doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that Richard Blumenthal, who attempted to aggrandize himself by lying about his Vietnam-era military service, has also used his power as Connecticut’s attorney general to promote himself. According to Fergus Cullen, he has done this through high-profile lawsuits against businesses, most of which accomplished nothing other than to bring him publicity.
In one particularly egregious case, Blumenthal went after a relatively small business, Computers Plus Center, for $1.75 million in damages for allegedly selling state government machines without specified parts. Blumenthal also had the owner of the company, Gina Malapanis, arrested in her home on seven first-degree larceny charges.
The criminal charges, brought by Blumenthal with such fanfare, were ultimately dropped. In the civil action, Malapanis counter-sued. The jury awarded her $18 million. In a handwritten note, the jury foreman said the state had engaged in a “pattern of conduct” that harmed Ms. Malapanis’s reputation. He cited the state’s press releases impugning her integrity, some of which came from Blumenthal’s office.
Cullen cites other examples of Blumenthal’s high-handedness, so I encourage you to read the whole thing.
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