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Habeas Appellate Court Opinion

by Agati, Taryn


AC44158 - Townsend v. Commissioner of Correction ("The self-represented petitioner, Timothy Townsend, appeals, following the granting of his petition for certification to appeal, from the judgment of the habeas court denying his second amended petition for a writ of habeas corpus, in which he claimed that the retroactive application of the Deadly Weapon Offender Registry (DWOR) requirement of General Statutes § 54-280a to him renders his underlying guilty plea involuntary. On appeal, the petitioner raises for the first time the precise claim that he is not required to register as a deadly weapon offender because § 54-280a does not apply to him in connection with his 2002 conviction for murder. Exercising our supervisory authority to review this unpreserved claim, we agree and, accordingly, reverse the judgment of the habeas court.")