A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in which the justices threw out a man’s conviction for making threatening comments about his wife on Facebook is already having an impact in Connecticut.
Closing arguments in the trial of a man accused of threatening a family court judge via email had been scheduled for June 2. However, in light of the June 1 ruling in Elonis v. United States, Middletown Superior Court Judge David Gold granted a continuance in the Connecticut case to June 23. Torrington attorney Rachel Baird, who represents Edward Taupier, of Cromwell, said the continuance will give her an opportunity to file a brief on how the national ruling impacts her client’s case. Taupier, 50, faces charges of threatening, disorderly conduct and breach of peace in connection with comments he allegedly made in an August 2014 email about Judge Elizabeth Bozzuto, the state’s chief administrative judge for family matters.
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