Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Dissident Protection Plan

Inaugural arrest prompts proposal

Bail Use To Deprive Liberty

By Brian Lockhart
Stamford Advocate
Staff Writer

February 13, 2007

After last month's arrest of a political activist at the governor's inaugural parade, the co-chairmen of the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee are drafting bills that would require law enforcement to use greater care in assessing the potential threat posed by political dissidents.

State Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, and state Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, will launch their effort tomorrow when the Judiciary Committee meets at 11 a.m. in Hartford.

"No one's saying you can't keep track of people on the (Internet) saying they're trying to disrupt an event," Lawlor said. "But you can't just go and arrest people."

On Jan. 3, Kenneth Krayeske, a political activist and blogger, was arrested after attempting to take pictures of Gov. M. Jodi Rell during the inaugural parade in Hartford. He was held on $75,000 bond and released that night, after Rell's inaugural ball.

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