Friday, February 15, 2008

Grievance Committee Reprimands Lawyer

Attorney Reprimanded On Cottage St. Deal

by Melissa Bailey
New Haven Independent

The lawyer appointed to sell an East Rock widow’s estate to benefit a fund for “crippled children” agreed Thursday to accept an official reprimand for violating lawyers’ code of conduct.

The lawyer, Gabriel Cusanelli, sold the home to former City Hall dealmaker Sal Brancati and a partner in a controversial deal — for, in the view of some observers, less than it might have fetched in an open sale. Cusanelli didn’t disclose that he had former business ties to Brancati and Brancati’s partner.

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