Miller Madness…

Below is a timeline of the madness that has plagued Brookfield Republicans for the past 2 years.  Regardless of your political affiliation, every resident of Brookfield has suffered from this both in our town’s image and in the tax dollars spent fighting this.

March 19, 2015 – Brookfield GOP Registrar of Voters Tom Dunkerton issues C.G.S. § 9-60 citations, separately, to Larry Miller and Jane Miller stating that under said statute, Dunkerton is of the opinion that the Millers are not “in good faith” members of the Brookfield Republican Party and “do not intend to support its principles or candidates.  He informs the Millers of their opportunity to contest his position at a hearing before the Registrar and the Chairman of the Brookfield Republican Town Committee.

April 9, 2015 – The Millers’ hearings are held before Registrar Dunkerton and BRTC Chairman Matt Grimes.  Dunkerton lays out the basis for his citation and the Millers are given an opportunity to be heard.

April 20, 2015 – The basis for each decision is released by the Registrar and the Chairman of the BRTC in their capacity as hearing officers.  The result is that Jane Miller will be discretionarily erased and Larry Miller will not.

April 23, 2015 – Registrar Dunkerton issues Jane Miller her Change of Enrollment letter indicating, in light of the hearings, her voter registration status will be changed from Republican to Unaffiliated.

April 30, 2015 – Jane Miller, pursuant to C.G.S. § 9-63 appeals the erasure to the Connecticut Superior Court.

July 27, 2015 – Hon. Anthony Truglia holds a C.G.S. § 9-63 hearing for Jane Miller.  Both sides present arguments and agree to file briefs by August 10, 2015.

August 18, 2015 – Judge Truglia denies Miller’s appeal and issues a decision in favor of Registrar Dunkerton.  The decision rejects all six counts set forth by Miller’s counsel, including: that the finding of the hearing was unjustified, the hearing violated Jane Miller’s due process, that Jane Miller was prejudiced, that Jane Miller was held to an inconsistent standard, and that the statute itself is unconstitutional.

September 8, 2015 – Jane Miller appeals the Connecticut Superior Court’s decision to the Connecticut Appellate Court

December 29, 2015 – A case management conference is held and a refereeing judge asks if there is an opportunity to settle the case.  Registrar Dunkerton offers readmission to the Republican Party on a hard stop date of April 1, 2016.  Jane Miller rejects the offer.

NOTE: Earliest date of readmission, pursuant to Judge Truglia’s ruling, would be February of 2017.  Dunkerton’s offer would have allow Mrs. Miller back into the Republican Party nearly ten months before when she would be eligible.

January 12, 2016 – Counsel for both Dunkerton and Miller agree to transfer the appeal from the Connecticut Appellate Court to the Connecticut Supreme Court

February 8, 2016 – Jane Miller initiates civil rights litigation in the United States Court for the District of Connecticut (Federal Court) against Tom Dunkerton, Matt Grimes, George Walker, and Marty Flynn.

February 19, 2016 – Jane Miller petitions the federal district court for a “Temporary Restraining Order” demanding the Federal Court reinstate her in the Republican Party so that she can vote in the March 1 BRTC Primary.

February 26, 2016 – Hon. Alvin Thompson, federal district court, denies Jane Miller’s motion.

March 4, 2016 – Jane Miller applies to re-enroll in the Brookfield Republican Town Party.

April 1, 2016 – Jane Miller’s brief is filed in the Connecticut Supreme Court.  NOTE: Tom Dunkerton’s brief is due by May 2, 2016.

April 6, 2016 – Jane Miller moves in Federal Court for a “Preliminary Injunction” demanding the federal court reinstate her in the Republican Party so that she can vote in the April 26 Presidential Primary.

April 8, 2016 – Registrar Dunkerton rejects Jane Miller’s request, given the February 2017 date in the Superior Court’s decision, but provides her an opportunity for a hearing.

April 13, 2016 – Federal Judge Thompson rejects Jane Miller’s motion for a “Preliminary Injunction” finding that she does not have likelihood of succeeding on the merits and that she does not have a fundamental right to be in the Republican Party and voting in Republican Primaries.

May 31, 2016 – Tom Dunkerton files suit against Town of Brookfield to cover legal fees incurred due to Jane Miller’s appeal.

June 20, 2016 – Defendants Dunkerton, Grimes, Walker and Flynn move to dismiss Federal District Court lawsuit.

August 2, 2016 – Walker and Flynn removed from Federal District Court lawsuit

September 20, 2016 – Connecticut Supreme Court dismisses Jane Miller’s appeal of the Superior Court’s 8/18/15 decision

March 21, 2017 – Superior Court grants Tom Dunkerton summary judgment on case filed 5/31/16, ordering the Town of Brookfield to cover the legal bills.

March 29, 2017 – Federal Court Judge Thompson grants motions to dismiss Miller’s federal law suit.  Federal case closed.