Oct 25, 2010
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The answer is, "No."
Republican State Chairman Chris Healy Monday called on Democrat George Jepsen to show that he meets the eligibility requirements for Attorney General. Healy’s call comes after Friday’s written opinion by the state supreme court disqualifying Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz from running for or holding that office. Bysiewicz herself sought the court declaration after questions emerged regarding her eligibility.
“The state Supreme Court made it clear that it’s not enough that one has been a ‘lawyer’ in title or held a law license for 10 years,” said Healy. “To be qualified to represent the state in all matters in the courts, one must have actual meaningful court experience and more, been actually actively engaged in the litigation of matters in court as his principle means of earning a living.”
Healy said, "For 16 years Jepsen held non-lawyer political jobs as a legislator and chairman of the state Democratic Party chairman. He reports serving as an in-house counsel for a union, but his self-described work appears to have involved non-court matters that don’t even require a law degree. All law firm associations he lists are described as ‘of counsel’ positions, understood in the profession to denote part-time or non-active status."
“Mr. Jepsen isn’t even admitted to the federal appeals court that decides many important cases out of the AG’s office doesn’t list him on the roster of admitted lawyers.”
If Jepsen has neither the trial court nor the appellate court credentials, we see that lack as still another reason why he fails to meet the criteria laid out in the Bysiewicz ruling.”
Healy insisted Jepsen must also explain his lack of federal bar admissions. “Not only does Jepsen appear not to meet the basic litigation experience requirement, but how can he hold the “legal status required to appear in court” if he’s barred from stepping foot in the very courts where many of the most important, high-profile cases involving the state are decided?” Further, “When the next Connecticut case goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, will Mr. Jepsen be forced to hire a pinch hitter?”
Healy said, “the voters have a right to this information and to answers from Mr. Jepsen, and we call upon him to answer these legitimate questions now, before the election.”
Apart from her state bar admission, Martha Dean is admitted to practice before the federal court, the federal court of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.