From a February 200O article by Kerry Tesoriero - Greenwich Time

Wilmer Paradise Jr. and Brian Ellis were charged with murder, felony murder and kidnapping in 1981.

Those charges were dismissed in 1982 because the statute of limitations had expired. State prosecutors appealed the dismissal to the state Supreme Court but lost.

So the state re-arrested the two men in 1983, this time imposing a different charge on each man: capital felony. Those charges were dismissed by a Superior Court judge who deemed the prosecution a case of double jeopardy.

Again, prosecutors appealed the dismissal to the state Supreme Court. The high court overruled the trial court judge's dismissal in 1985, ruling in State vs. Ellis that the statute of limitations did not apply to capital felonies.

"It's an interesting case that may or may not be relevant," Sherman said of State vs. Ellis. "I'd rather not forecast my motions at this point."


Comment: One wonders whether there are any ways in which Ellis and Paradise might have benefited had the Supreme Court employed the same logic they used in Conn. v. Skakel when they first ruled in Paradise and Ellis's cases. They must have at some point thought that they had dodged a bullet only to be hit by a cannonball. It seems ironic that the only reason the bullet missed in the first place was that the court made a mistake.