Parents hope to send message about Conn. court

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A group of parents who’ve had bad experiences with Connecticut’s family court system hope a close judicial confirmation vote will send a message to the General Assembly and ultimately spark system reforms.

The parents appeared Wednesday at the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to vote against the reconfirmation of West Hartford Superior Court Judge Leslie Olear, who serves in the family court system. After a lengthy debate, Olear was approved on an unusually narrow 78-67 vote. She cleared the Senate on a 28-4 vote.

Hector Morera is a Glastonbury father who said he’s spent about $30,000 for a court-appointed advocate and can now only afford to represent himself in child custody matters. He said Olear shows bias toward lawyers. He hopes Wednesday’s vote will encourage judges to be more even-handed.

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