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State’s first Black chief public defender is fired following retaliation complaints

TaShun Bowden-Lewis also admitted to reading employees' e-mails without their knowledge.

Nicole Alarcon Soares and John Craven

Jun 4, 2024, 9:34 PM

Updated 14 days ago

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Connecticut's first Black chief public defender is out of a job.
A state commission unanimously voted to fire TaShun Bowden-Lewis on Tuesday after employees complained of retaliation.
Bowden-Lewis also admitted to reading employees' e-mails without their knowledge.
In a testy hearing in April, Bowden-Lewis was accused of bullying, insubordination and "unfounded" discrimination claims.
Bowden-Lewis apologized for offending anyone, but insisted she never retaliated against employees she didn't like.


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