State Audit Faults East Haddam Probate Judge

There are 16 comments on the Apr 29, 2008, Hartford Courant story titled State Audit Faults East Haddam Probate Judge. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

The audit found that Judge Paul Buhl kept too much of the court fees collected in this small-town probate court in 2006 and 2007.

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James

Manchester, CT

#1 Apr 30, 2008
I know this "Judge" and I can't say I am surprised.
lost in OZ

Wolcott, CT

#2 May 1, 2008
I agree with James. I also know this pompass little rooster,and am not suprised by any of this. Mr. Buhl has more problems than insomnia. I strongly feel that not only should his "bookkeeping" be looked into but also some of his actions as probate judge in dealing with some local estates. I personaly know of one such case involving Mr. Buhl,another Town Lawyer and a well known builder. Some serious investigation needs to be done here and not just an audit of his books.My,my,my how far the mighty have fallen,you rude,pompass little man!
Beth Loomis East Haddam

Manchester, CT

#3 May 1, 2008
I agreed with the above posts, yesterday. After a bit of research and questions I would like to point out that there are some serious inconsistencies in Ms. Overtons story. There are some ommissions and some fabrications. Surprised? I'm not. She is known for this kind of sloppy journalism.

I truly believe the morally correct thing to do here is to let the system work and not pass judgement until the investigation is complete.

This is a political nightmare and there is much more behind this than was reported.

See ya' around.
T Vanderbeck

Old Lyme, CT

#4 May 3, 2008
When Attorney Buhl came to my house a few years back asking for my vote I told him I didn't feel lawyers should be Judges of Probate, and would not vote for him. It seems to me you are only asking for trouble giving such position to those who know the "ins" and "outs" of the legal system and are in a privileged position to act on certain private information to their own advantage. Attorney Buhl should resign, as he no longer merits the public's trust--especially at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives, at a loved one's passing.
Haddam Resident

New Bedford, MA

#5 May 4, 2008
Penny - no comment from anyone other than Buhl and the other atty? What kind of lazy sloppy job is this. You are overpaid and underqualified. NO comments from anyone????
Irene

AOL

#6 May 4, 2008
He's had significant financial problems...borrowing money from people and not paying bills. There have been lawsuits. He should resign.
the Badger

Benet Lake, WI

#7 May 6, 2008
Buhl probably begged her to write this story.
Haddam Resident wrote:
Penny - no comment from anyone other than Buhl and the other atty? What kind of lazy sloppy job is this. You are overpaid and underqualified. NO comments from anyone????
Resident of East Haddam

AOL

#8 May 9, 2008
East Haddam is a small town, population wise. I would hope all residents and readers of this article read this with an open mind. There are alway's two sides to every story. From what I'm reading in the article and comments by others there truly seems to be two different opinions. One on Mr. Buhl one on the reporter. Let's see how it all play's out before we judge and condem someone.
The old saying "those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" just may apply to this one...
Beth Loomis East Haddam

United States

#9 May 10, 2008
Thank you, well said.
Resident of East Haddam wrote:
East Haddam is a small town, population wise. I would hope all residents and readers of this article read this with an open mind. There are alway's two sides to every story. From what I'm reading in the article and comments by others there truly seems to be two different opinions. One on Mr. Buhl one on the reporter. Let's see how it all play's out before we judge and condem someone.
The old saying "those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" just may apply to this one...
Middletown resident

AOL

#10 May 15, 2008
Let it play out? The man has financial problems. He has not paid back creditors nor met his obligations. There are civil documents supporting these facts. That is serious enough, but I am also concerned about Mr. Buhl's lack of straightforwardness in these matters. Too many excuses, too many problems, too little truth.
Beth Loomis East Haddam wrote:
Thank you, well said.
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Magnifying Glass

AOL

#11 Jun 30, 2008
I'm still watching very very very closely, If you think this all going to be swept under the rug think again! Its going to be swept into a big pile in the middle of the room with a couple huge spotlights on it! I've made my way to the septic tank and have my hand on the lid! Hold your noses everybody!
Magnifying Glasses

AOL

#12 Sep 4, 2008
WOW! This is taking a long time! They must have found all the stuff that we found! Eventually we will take this comprehensive investigative report to the press! Stay tuned!
thetruth

South Yarmouth, MA

#13 May 19, 2009
I have know Paul Buhl professionally for many years and find this story to be a bend of the truth and the use of propaganda to villianize a man that stands for everything good that our country was founded on. This story is a perfect example of an honest person (Paul) rubbing small town politics the wrong way. This town's government is corrupt and most people know it- A building permit can be bought by the right people. Paul is a wonderful father, man, neighbor, lawyer, husband and probate judge. I can see why he had to take a medical leave- he must feel so overwhelmed by the bending of the truth that attempts to destroy his character and life. If Paul has bills unpaid it is probably because of the many clients he helps find justice in his personal practice that often can't afford to pay their bills. I am certain that the truth will be unveiled but the time and life damaged cannot be replaced.
charliesheensmyl over

East Hampton, CT

#15 Dec 28, 2011
cool your
charliesheensmyl over

East Hampton, CT

#16 Dec 28, 2011
jets bro
Middletown Resident

Middletown, CT

#17 Oct 4, 2012
Turns out that not only are finances a mess and lawsuits abounding, but his probate work is also being ripped apart in the courtroom.
Even if you have a personal problem, you man up to your responsibilities instead of hiding like a coward. I understand illness. I don't understand complete lack of integrity in dealing with the consequences.

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