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Lawyers Challenge Governor’s Money Grab

HARTFORD (CN) - A dozen attorneys have sued Gov. M. Jodi Rell for proposing to take $2 million from the state's Client Security Fund, which helps victims of dishonest lawyers. Rell, a Republican, wants the money to close an $8 billion budget deficit. The attorneys say the money grab violates the separation of powers.

News of the lawsuit came after courts were closed Monday. Courthouse News will provide a link to the filing as soon as it becomes available.

Plaintiffs in the Superior Court complaint are Jacob D. Zeldes, William R. Davis, Charles A. Deluca, William F. Dow III, Kathryn Emmett, William F. Gallagher, Hugh F. Keefe, Kathleen L. Nastri, Hubert J. Santos, Hope C. Seeley, Matthew Shafner, and Frederic S. Ury.

Defendants are Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Treasurer Denise L. Nappier, and Comptroller Nancy Wyman.

The attorneys are represented by Ernest Teitell with Silver, Golub and Teitell.

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