BLUMENTHAL GOES AFTER PEREZ’ PENSION; JUDGE MAKES FINAL DECISION

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will go to court to revoke the pension of former Hartford mayor—and now convicted felon—Eddie Perez. The move is required under a law passed by the General Assembly in 2008 that targets the pensions of corrupt elected officials. But hold on. It’s not all that simple.

The law gives the power over the pension to a judge who can choose to divert some or all of the convicted official’s pension to an innocent family member. It is well-known that Perez’s wife has been in ill health and in fact, collapsed in the courtroom when the verdict—guilty on five of six counts—was read.

Blumenthal says he hopes it’s a deterrent. “We hope the court will send that message loud and clear,” he said.