Lawlor appointed top prosecutor of Bridgeport court

Exterior, Fairfield County Courthouse on Golden Hill Street.

Exterior, Fairfield County Courthouse on Golden Hill Street.

Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

BRIDGEPORT — A state prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience was appointed Tuesday the new supervisor of the prosecutor’s office in the Golden Hill Street courthouse.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Ann Falsey Lawlor was appointed by State’s Attorney Joseph Corradino to replace retiring Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Cornelius P. Kelly at the geographical area or GA court.

“Neil Kelly’s retirement presents me with the loss of both a valued colleague and daily interaction with a friend of nearly 30 years and with an incredibly difficult decision, but I am pleased that I have so many outstanding people from whom to choose,” Corradino said.

“I believe that we have the best organization of any State’s Attorney’s office in Connecticut. We consistently do more with less, work in the most challenging environment, handle the most difficult cases and set the bar high for others in the Division of Criminal Justice,” he said. “Ann Lawlor will continue to make the Bridgeport state’s attorney’s office the gold standard of Connecticut justice.”

Lawlor will lead a staff of 15 and will be responsible for prosecution of all misdemeanors and all but the most serious felonies in the six towns of eastern Fairfield County. The courthouse also has a dedicated domestic violence docket and a team of specialized prosecutors.

“I’m honored to have been given the opportunity to continue my work in the Fairfield Judicial District as the supervisor of the GA,” Lawlor said.

Lawlor has been a prosecutor since 1999. Before joining the Division of Criminal Justice, she spent two years in private practice in New Haven. Her previous prosecutorial positions were at New Haven and Meriden. She has been assigned to the Bridgeport State’s Attorney’s Office since 2014.

While assigned to the Main Street courthouse, Lawlor prosecuted major felony cases including Laura Ramos, the Central High School teacher convicted of sexually assaulting two special education students and Glenn Mishuck, the Fairfield high school teacher convicted of sexually assaulting a teenaged girl.

Lawlor was also co-prosecutor with Corradino in the case of local nurse Jermaine Richards who was convicted of the murder and dismemberment of a 20-year-old college student.

Lawlor is a graduate of the New England School of Law in Boston, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Providence College in Providence, RI.