Robert J. Devlin, Jr. is a lifelong resident of Connecticut and an honors graduate of the University Of Connecticut School Of Law. After law school, Judge Devlin worked in private practice for three years and then as a public defender for about a year. Thereafter, for the next eight years he served as an Assistant States Attorney in New Haven. In late 1987, he was appointed a federal prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice in their Organized Crime Strike Force.
In 1992, Judge Devlin was appointed a Superior Court judge by Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. He has served as a criminal court judge in the Judicial Districts of New Haven, New London, Fairfield, Hartford and Stamford. Judge Devlin is presently assigned as presiding criminal judge in Bridgeport. In 2010, Judge Devlin was named Chief Administrative Judge for the Criminal Division of the Superior Court and continues to serve in that position.
Judge Devlin has presided over a number of notable trials including (1) the murder trial of Beth Carpenter (a New London lawyer convicted arranging the contract murder of her brother-in-law), (2) the penalty trial of Russell Peeler (a Bridgeport drug dealer who received the death penalty for arranging the murders of a mother and child whom Peeler believed were slated to testify against him) and (3) the death penalty trial of Christopher DiMeo who was convicted of murdering the husband and wife owners of a jewelry store in Fairfield.