Superior Court Nominee Shelley Marcus Under Spotlight In High-Profile Trial; Malloy, Judicial Selection Commission Not Told In Advance

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Shelley A. Marcus, a Democrat who has been nominated as a Superior Court judge, did not reveal any details to the governor\’s office about a controversial \”gifting table\’\’ club that is now the subject of a high-profile, federal fraud trial, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday.

Malloy told reporters that he had no knowledge of Marcus\’s role in the case, which was the subject of a front-page article Friday in The Hartford Courant. The story said that a witness testified Thursday in federal court that Marcus told a participant that she should not be concerned about an investigation by then-Attorney General Richard Blumenthal into the legality of the club. Federal prosecutors have described the club\’s activities as a financial conspiracy and essentially a Ponzi scheme involving large amounts of cash, while the defendants said they were advised by lawyers and accountants that the club was legal. Overall, more than $5 million changed hands among more than 70 women, including many who lived in upscale towns like Guilford and Branford.

\”It did not come up in her review before the [Judicial Selection Commission] that sent her, and it did not come up in her background search that they do,\’\’ Malloy told The Courant.

When asked if he still has confidence in Marcus as his nominee for a judgeship, Malloy said, \”Yeah. What I\’m going to do is just wait until this whole thing is over, and we\’ll take a look at it. There\’s no reason to do anything at this point.\’\’

All nominees for judgeships are asked a standard, catch-all question of whether there is anything in their background that might embarrass themselves or the administration if it became public.

\”This did not come up,\’\’ Malloy said.

When asked by an online reporter if he should have been given a heads-up by Marcus on the catch-all question, Malloy said, \”Answering that, you know, my legal staff does all of the initial interviews and asks those kinds of questions. So, I don\’t have an exact date, and so it would be difficult for me to tell you when exactly that question was asked and when this particular issue came up. So I don\’t want to speak to that. But what\’s happening is the trial is playing itself out. People say things in the course of trials. Let\’s wait and see till it\’s over.\’\’

Shelley Marcus, a 61-year-old Branford resident, is the daughter of attorney Edward Marcus, the 85-year-old former chairman of the state Democratic Party and former state senator who lost in a race against a young politician named Joe Lieberman in New Haven in 1970. Marcus was an early supporter of Malloy in the race for governor.

Shelley Marcus, who has worked for her father\’s law firm for more than 20 years, is the former chief screening counsel for the House Democrats.

\”Ed, for years, was trying to make Shelley a judge,\’\’ said one insider.

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3 thoughts on “Superior Court Nominee Shelley Marcus Under Spotlight In High-Profile Trial; Malloy, Judicial Selection Commission Not Told In Advance

  1. Vern

    Not only should be investigated by the state’s attorney for her alleged involvement in the gifting table scam, she should also be investigated by the bar association. Is Shelley Marcus, a lawyer of no special distinction, the best Malloy can come up with?

  2. Ed

    The Marcus family is totally corrupt. Ask the Branford Democrats. Back in 2005, Cheryl Morris, a Marcus puppet, was elected first selectmen, as a Democrat. She and Dick Sullivan, the second selectmen, attempted to bulldoze through a complete reorganization of the town charter to give near total control of town government to the chief executive. At the same time, they tried to frame the former (and current) first selectmen, Unk Daros, also a Democrat, as having stolen from the town during his operation of leased quarry property. It was accomplished by having a detective called into meet with Ed Marcus in the first selectmen’s office, along with a political operative, who gave the detective photographs of alleged Stony Creek Granite on Unk’s property. This at a time when Unk was rallying Branford Democrats against the power play to revise the town charter. Totally corrupt family through and through. Absolute disgrace that this woman is being considered for the judiciary. Not surprising, given this governor though.

    1. jon

      If the administration wanted a corrupt Judge, she would make a good choice, but I don’t think they want this cloud on their backs.

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