TITLE: III. Impeachment on
attorney client privilege
the right of a client to refuse to disclose information he or she shared
confidentially with an attorney.
bill of attainder - a
legislative act that singles out one or more persons and imposes punishment on
them, without a trial.
brief - a written statement
setting out ones arguments.
burden of proof the duty
to prove an assertion to move on in a legal proceeding.
capias an order
commanding someone to be arrested or taken into custody.
categorical immunity not
held responsible under any circumstances.
compel force someone to
Statutes the collection of state laws that govern Connecticut.
something known that was previously unknown.
due process the
administration of justice according to established rules and principles.
impeach - to accuse a
public official of a crime while in office.
in limine at the outset.
(usage: Attorney Ross Garber requests permission to file a motion in limine
prior to the calling of witnesses by the Select Committee of Inquiry.)
inference - a logical
judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather
than on the basis of direct observation.
jurisdiction the power to
exercise authority over persons and things within a territory.
justiciable - issues and
claims that can be properly examined in court.
litigant a party to a
per curiam - an opinion
which expresses the decision in the case but which does not identify the judge
who wrote it.
precedent court decision
on a legal question that guides future cases with similar questions.
quash to make void.
quorum the minimum number
of members required to hold a meeting.
ripe a case that is ready
to be argued before the Supreme Court because all other avenues for
determining the case have been exhausted.
Select Committee of Inquiry
to Recommend Whether Sufficient Grounds Exist for the House of Representatives
to Impeach Governor John Rowland a group of ten Representatives assigned by
the House in House Resolution 702. Committee is referred to throughout the
unit as the Select Committee of Inquiry.
separation of powers the
idea that government is most free and effective when the powers and functions
of government are divided amongst separate, independent governmental
special counsel a lawyer
appointed for a particular purpose. (Attorney Steven Reich was appointed as
Special Counsel for the Select Committee of Inquiry.)
speech and debate
protection refers to the immunity of legislators from arrest or prosecution
while the legislature is in session.
standing the right or
capacity to initiate a suit.
stay an order forbidding
an action until an event occurs or the order is lifted.
an order requiring an individual to testify.