Supreme Court ruling on threats may affect Connecticut case

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HARTFORD — A Connecticut man charged with threatening a state judge in emails he sent to six acquaintances last year is hoping a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling bolsters his effort to get his case dismissed.

The case of Edward Taupier of Cromwell is among the first in the country to cite the high court’s June 1 decision, which threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats against his ex-wife and others on Facebook.

Taupier’s lawyer says he was just venting about Judge Elizabeth Bozzuto in his divorce and child custody case and never intended to harm her.

Taupier’s trial before a Superior Court judge in Middletown ended in May. The judge is now considering arguments about whether the case should be dismissed, partially because of the Supreme Court ruling.