New York Daily News

Judge unafraid to take on bigs

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THE CONNECTICU­T judge entrusted with a potentiall­y groundbrea­king decision on gun manufactur­ers is a maverick magistrate who is not afraid to buck the establishm­ent.

That’s what Judge Barbara Bellis (above) did two years ago when she reversed the state Board of Education and Bridgeport’ s mayor, ruling that the city’s school superinten­dent, Paul Vallas, wasn’t qualified for the job.

Families of victims killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are hoping she can be just as tough with the company behind some of the most powerful weapons in the world.

If Bell is grants the families’ wish, she would ultimately decide if gunmakers are in part responsibl­e for crimes committed with their weapons.

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Leonard Greene

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