There was much relief, and a dark, morbid sort of celebration, in New Haven the other day among those craving the death of Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisrajevsky, the villains in what will forever be known as "the Cheshire case." Both men were tried and convicted. Mr. Hayes has been sentenced to death; Mr. Komisrajevsky will soon be. But was justice done? Connecticut, the Texas of New England, retains its death penalty. In the northeastern United States, only New Hampshire also still has this archaic tool of blood lust still on the books. We were set to abolish the death penalty, but lawmakers were prevailed upon to retain it just this once, or twice. The 2007 slaughter in Cheshire rallied death penalty supporters.
One Hand Clapping
Decks Were Stacked In Favor Of Death
The Connecticut Law Tribune
December 19, 2011
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