Saturday, July 17, 2010

CT Judicial Council Finds Probable Cause Against Probate Judge

A council investigating a complaint of professional or ethical misconduct by Probate Judge Bryan Meccariello has found probable cause and will hold a public hearing in September.

Samuel Manzo, an apparent heir to property left by Josephine Smoron, brought the action against Mecarriello.

Smoron died one year ago, leaving most of her 80-acre estate to Manzo in a 2004 will. But two months before she died, Meccariello approved a request by her former conservator to establish two trusts to hold all her assets.

The conservator, local attorney John T. Nugent, was named trustee. Nugent funded the trusts with Smoron's real estate and cash assets before Smoron died. According to court documents, the land was to go to three local churches, who would then sell it to local developer Carl Verderame for about $2 million.

Verderame needs the land for an access road to build a $118 million sports arena.

Full Article and Source:
Judicial Council Finds Probable Cause of Misconduct by Meccariello

See Also:
In Smoron Probate Case, Greed at Its Ugly Worse


StandUp said...

What a way to start my day!

Mike said...

This is exactly what's needed in these cases where judge's conduct is in question.

I'm glad to see this article.

Sandi said...

I'm glad Probate Judge Bryan Meccariello's misconduct hearing is going to be public. So often, these things are shrouded in secrecy and that has to stop.

Please keep watch, NASGA. It will be interesting to know how this turns out.

Anonymous said...

What is there in the law which should allow this?

Do these judges think they're God?

Watching said...

This is the story Rick Green from the Hartford Courtant wrote about earlier this year. I'm glad to see the heat on this judge and hope for justice.

Ben said...

And what's at the root for all this? The same thing that is the root for many predatory guardianships: greed.

Robert said...

Judge Paul Knierim allowed this violation also Good People of the World Help Mary a Helpless Victim Would you want this incompetent probate judge making decisions for your loved ones? A civil rights violation. Be a Voice for the Voiceless Date: Feb. 24, 2009. Petitioner; The Crossings West, 89 Viets St., New London, Ct. 06320 (A nursing home) filed the following at the New London, Ct., probate court. The condition of Mary A. Gennotti results in the respondent being unable to evaluate information or make or communicate decisions to such an extent that the person is unable, even with appropriate assistance, to perform the functions inherent in managing his (this line on the form ends there). Also, the condition described above results in the respondent being unable to receive and evaluate information or make or communicate decisions to such an extent that the person is unable, even with appropriate assistance, to meet essential requirements for personal needs. Probate judge, Mathew H. Green, allowed the ex-husband, Frank Gennotti, Sr. to marry Mary A. Gennotti, using her maiden name, on Feb. 27, 2009, by a justice of the peace, Shirley Pope Alloway, Frank's friend for over forty years. He was an abusive husband with restraining orders and numerous police complaints against him. He also made death threats, against Mary and his young son, with a gun he stole from the police department. Mary could not sign her name, so an X was used. On March 16, 2009, Probate Judge Greene, appointed her ex-husband, Frank, conservator of Mary and of her estate. Mary died March 27, 2009, thirty days after the illegal marriage. Her death certificate listed the cause of death as Glioblastoma Neoplasia @ Temparallous, intervals for months and degenerative dementia for years. Three months prior to her death she was a patient at L & M Hospital and could not recognize close family member. How could a marriage be performed, or be legal, in her condition? S he had been divorced for twelve years. This is the worse kind of rape that could be imposed on a helpless woman and surely a violation of her civil rights. The judge then retaliated against the parties seeking justice for Mary. He should be removed from office. He is biased and incompetent. Please help the Soul of Mary, Contact Congressman Joe Courtney at 101 Water St., Norwich, Ct. 06320, Tele: 860-886-0139. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has the entire file contact him if you can at 55 Elm Street, P. O. Box 120, Hartford, Ct. 06141-0102 Thank you, for helping Mary