Hamden attorney disbarred after ‘empty and malicious claims’ regarding Jewish conspiracy


HAMDEN — A Hamden-based attorney was disbarred earlier this week after a judge found she had made “empty and malicious claims” alleging another judge was engaged in a Judaism-based conspiracy and protecting child sexual abuse.

Judge Thomas Moukawsher filed a memorandum regarding his order to disbar attorney Nickola Cunha earlier this week, saying Cunha had engaged in “grave misconduct” while representing a Glastonbury woman engaged in a dissolution of marriage case.

Cunha said in a statement Friday that she was being “targeted for going public with the truth” regarding the case, including the alleged mistreatment of her client and her client’s children.

During the course of the case, Cunha alleged that Judge Gerald Adelman favored Jews in cases, noting that several officials involved in the court’s inquiry were Jewish, as well as discriminated against the disabled and, in this matter, was protecting child sexual abuse, Moukawsher wrote in his memorandum.

Cunha had alleged that she had evidence, including a list of cases in which Adelman had inappropriately favored Jewish people, but, when asked at a hearing, failed to produce any such information and admitted she did not have such a list, Moukawsher said.

“This is a matter about a lawyer. When lawyers speak, the public rightly assumes they don’t speak lightly. After all, the truth is their business. Therefore Ms. Cunha’s lies about a Jewish conspiracy are particularly reprehensible. Without the court exposing them as lies, the public might give them some credit when they deserve none,” said Moukawsher. “Misconduct like this threatens to drag the courts into the primordial ooze that passes for public discourse in some quarters today. One whiff of this swamp should be enough for the courts and those of its officers that are true to their duties to set out firmly in the other direction. This moment is one chance to do so.”

Cunha also had alleged that a relative of her client had sexually abused her client’s children, arguing this was demonstrated in records from the state Department of Children and Families that Adelman was ignoring, according to the memo.

But the records in question found that claims of abuse had been investigated and determined to be unfounded.

“It passes understanding why a person would wager so much on blatant falsehoods,” Moukawsher said. “Ms. Cunha was warned repeatedly of the seriousness of this matter and still chose to reassert and insist on things about the DCF … records when she had every reason to know that they were completely false.”

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