Just hours from a rally on the steps of Bridgeport City Hall to protest the state takeover of city schools, two dethroned Board of Education members have filed suit in state court to try to block state education control. They are being represented by Norm Pattis, www.pattislawfirm.com/ one of the better legal flamethrowers in the state, who loves needling the establishment. Why state court versus federal court? Pattis tells OIB:
“An untested state statute. Were it to be filed in federal courts, a judge would be inclined to grant qualified immunity in the federal claims and send the issues back to state court. We’re trying to eliminate the federal middleman and get right down to business.
I am stunned by Malloy’s boldness. He basically told the people of Bridgeport they are too stupid to govern their own schools. And he did so without even nominal compliance with what the law requires. Who died and elected his administration to play the role of King George and the Tories?”