New Haven attorney Karen Lee Torre says it’s more than a coincidence that the state agreed to settle the First Ammendment case brought against Chief State’s Attorney John M. Bailey by inspector Gregory Dillon just as Frank Serpico was ready to take the stand.

Serpico, of course, is the famous New York City police officer whose whistle-blowing about corrupt police practices made the NYPD blue. Torre says Serpico was prepared to testify about the importance of allowing law enforcement officers to speak their mind without fear of reprisal.

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