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Crime & Punishment: Man shot in the groin for mimicking his friend's dance moves
Bryan Brouillard, whose wealthy parents' lawyers got him off on an attempted murder charge with an insanity defense in 2001, has now hired some more lawyers to sue the state over his six-year confinement, reports the Hartford Courant. Before he was 20, Brouillard, son of an upper-class Killington family, got into two armed standoffs with state troopers (the second while he was on probation for the first). After his trial, he was committed to Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown. In 2007, doctors made a startling turnaround and declared Brouillard (who had made two escape attempts) to be not insane or a danger to others. His lawyer, James Sullivan of Hartford, claims psychiatrists had previously been afraid to counter the court. Brouillard, who would have faced 20 years in prison if convicted and now lives freely in New London, thinks he deserves $5 million from the state.
By Nick Keppler
March 20, 2012