New Britain Probate Judge Walter Clebowicz ruled that two trusts that gave a dead woman's land to three local churches can't be changed or revoked.
The 80 acre-parcel is valued at $2 million and is needed for plans to build a $118 million sports arena in the town's northeast corner.
Clebowicz had been asked to rule on the establishment of the trusts by Smoron's heirs who claim they were not notified of a May 12, 2009 hearing.
Then conservator John T. Nugent applied to Southington Probate Court Judge Bryan Meccariello for permission to create and fund the trusts and received it at the May hearing.
Meccariello has since said he approved the creation of the trusts but did not authorize their funding. He also said he erred by not notifying the potential heirs of the hearing and recused himself from the case in February 2010.
The Council on Probate Judicial Conduct has determined there is probable cause of judicial misconduct by Meccariello. A public hearing is set for September.
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