A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Connecticut Superior Court Judge Daniel E. Brennan Jr. on charges of obstruction of justice, the first time in more than a century that a state jurist has been indicted.
Brennan was charged with one count of obstruction of justice, and four counts of providing false statements to an agent.
U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor and Special Agent Michael T. Wolf announced the prosecution less than an hour after a New Haven grand jury returned the indictment Thursday. News of the action took court personnel by surprise, as media representatives startled state court administrators unaware of the legal action against Brennan.
Apparently, the charges have to do with Brennan lying about a loan he had obtained from a criminal client of his before he became a judge, Law.com reports here.