Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Family of missing Billy Smolinski Jr. loses court appeal in defamation case

(Peter Casolino — Register file photo) Jan and Bill Smolinski of Cheshire, are still looking for answers in the disappearance of their son, Billy, who has been missing since 2004.
By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor

HARTFORD >> The state Appellate Court has upheld a judge’s ruling that two family members of missing Waterbury man William “Billy” Smolinski Jr. should have to pay a $52,666 judgment to Smolinski’s former girlfriend.
Madeleine Gleason of Woodbridge, who dated Smolinski until they broke up just prior to his 2004 disappearance, sued his mother, Janice Smolinski of Cheshire, and his sister, Paula Bell, in 2006, claiming they harassed, defamed and falsely accused her of involvement in his disappearance.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Corradino in 2012 awarded $52,666 to Gleason, for intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation and punitive damages.
This Appellate Court decision upholds Corradino’s award.

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