The state will drop domestic-violence charges against state Rep. Brenda Kupchick, R-132, when the legislator returns to court next month, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Kupchick, 48, a second-term Republican who has advocated tough domestic violence laws while serving in the General Assembly, was charged Aug. 17 with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct following a fight with her sister, Lisa Fabrizi, 42, at the conclusion of a family picnic at Kuchick's Farist Road home last month. Fabrizi was charged with disorderly conduct.
On Tuesday afternoon, Kupchick sat on a bench in a courtroom in the Golden Hill Street courthouse in Bridgeport alongside other defendants with domestic violence cases.
"We will continue to monitor the case until Oct. 30, and at that time I am going to enter nolles for both parties based on the circumstances of the case," Senior Assistant State's Attorney Kevin Dunn told Superior Court Judge Melanie Cradle, referring to Kupchick and her sister.
Under a nolle, if no other action is taken within 13 months, the case is automatically dismissed.
"We are working with the process and will continue to do so," said John Ryan, Kupchick's lawyer, as he and Kupchick left the courtroom.
Police said Kupchick scratched Fabrizi's face during a dispute that had turned physical after the family picnic.
The dispute briefly turned physical as Kupchick attempted to "prevent her sister from doing something not in her best interest," according to the police report on the incident.
Dunn stressed later that the case is being handled like any other domestic violence case.
"Miss Kupchick felt at the time she was protecting her two young nieces, so it is not a case that we are interested in prosecuting because of those circumstances," he said.
Police sources said Kupchick believed her sister was intoxicated and was about to drive home with her children. Kupchick remains under a court order to have no contact with her sister.