Dean Files Suit Demanding Proof Jepsen’s Qualified to Run as AG

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Martha Dean, the Republican candidate for attorney general, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday asking her opponent, Democrat George Jepsen to prove before election day that he is qualified to run for the office.

Dean cites a Supreme Court opinion issued last week about its finding that Secretary of the State, Susan Bysiewicz, was not qualified to run.

“The Court emphasizes that the Attorney General must be not just a lawyer but a litigator, with at least ten years of experience in court and experience trying cases,” Dean wrote. “Since Mr. Jepsen has publicly admitted multiple times that he is ‘not a litigator,’ he should immediately provide appropriate proof to the court and to the voters of Connecticut that he meets the legal qualifications for the office of Attorney General.”

Jepsen said the legal challenge has no merit and is a waste of the court’s time and the state’s money.

“I have the legal experience in and out of court to satisfy any interpretation of the court’s standard. I am and have been a practicing attorney for 26 years. I have made my living from private practice. I have represented clients in courts in this state, from probate courts up to the Connecticut Supreme Court,” Jepsen said.

Dean has asked for names of cases or case numbers for cases Jepsen handled.

An emergency hearing was scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, in Superior Court, 95 Washington Street, Hartford, but it has been moved to Friday.

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