Public Defender: 'I Can't Live' With Death Sentence For Killer

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


Assistant Public Defender Corrie-Ann Mainville made headlines this past weekend when she was quoted as saying that the state of Connecticut would have to kill her before she allows it to execute a convicted murderer whom she says is mentally ill.

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  • Whatever one may think of PD Mainville‘s dramatic threat, there can be no disputing her reasoning. When CT. caught up with the rest of the industrialized world by eliminating the death penalty because it was inhumane and often used with persons who were innocent or cognitively or mentally deficient, as in the case of Mr. Roszcowski, it nonetheless allowed it to apply in the Cheshire case as here. Humanity is not, apparently, retroactive, Three renowned experts testified to the delusions caused by Mr. Roszcowski‘s addictions. His best friend testified to his paranoid delusions. No matter. Although his long-time girlfriend (a woman who also depended on him for her drugs) picked him up and drove him to the crime scene, he was painted as the stalker. After killing the three individuals, Mr. Rozkowski reported to work as usual, a clear sign he had no idea what had transpired rather of a cold, calculating killer painted by the State. There was much else that pointed to a crime prompted by delusions rather than planning or malice. No matter. As in Cheshire, three innocents had died and so vengeance must have its day. Mr. Rozkowski‘s cancer may kill him before we do. But the stain of living by Hammurabi’s code rather than the ethical standards of 21st century justice will remain on our hands. Evan Stark

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