SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.
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Connecticut lawmakers have failed to update the state's sexual harassment and assault laws, despite momentum from the #MeToo movement. 

Massachusetts state Senator Stanley Rosenberg in a file photo.
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Former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, who spent more than 27 years in the state Senate and became the first openly gay president of the body, bowed to pressure from his colleagues to resign on Thursday and will leave the legislature at the end of the week.

Mass. Senators Mull Rosenberg Punishment, Investigator's 'Troubling' Report

May 2, 2018
Massachusetts Sen. Stanley Rosenberg is at center.
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Pressure began to mount Wednesday on former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to resign from the Senate. 

The fate of former Massachusetts State Senate President, Stan Rosenberg, could rest on the results of an investigation into whether he broke Senate rules, findings which could be made public soon.

At issue is Rosenberg's 30-year-old husband, Bryon Hefner, who recently pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault, criminal lewdness and distributing nude photographs without consent.

Cash.
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The Massachusetts Senate passed their version of a midyear spending bill that included money for funding Regional Transit Authorities, money to reimburse school districts for educating special needs students, and more. 

Judge Thomas Estes, right, with his attorney David Hoose.
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This week, the highest court in Massachusetts heard arguments about whether Thomas Estes, a district court judge from the western part of the state, should face punishment for an affair with a court employee. 

Judge Thomas Estes, right, with his attorney David Hoose.
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Should a judge who admitted to engaging in sexual acts with an employee in his court — including in his chambers — keep his job?

Bryon Hefner pleaded not guilty on Tuesday morning to all 10 charges at his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court.
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The man at the center of a scandal that has rocked the Massachusetts Senate appeared in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery, open and gross lewdness and dissemination of an illicit nude photograph.

UMass Amherst in a file photo.
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UMass Amherst has announced faculty and students may no longer be in a romantic relationship when one person has power over another.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty used her personal email address in a confidential severance agreement with former Chief of Staff Tony Baker.

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