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May 10, 2009

The arrested development of the death penalty in Connecticut

As detailed in this article from the Hartford Courant, the administration of the death penalty (or the lack thereof) has nearly everyone in the Nutmeg state frustrated.  Here is a snippet from the article:

Many on both sides of the debate over the death penalty have come to the same conclusion: It is unworkable.  Only one inmate — serial killer Michael Ross — has been executed in Connecticut in nearly 50 years, and that was only after he waged a legal fight to have his sentence imposed.   But they disagree whether the death penalty should be eliminated or repaired.

State Rep. Michael Lawlor, co-chairman of the legislature's judiciary committee and an opponent of capital punishment, said that no convicted killer is going to be executed in Connecticut unless he wants to be, resulting in a legal process that's cumbersome, costly and frustrating to victims' families.

In March, the committee voted to abolish the death penalty, sending the proposal to the General Assembly. On Friday, legislators heard Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane's plan to fix it.  Kane proposed streamlining the appeals process by requiring transcripts of proceedings to be prepared more quickly and limiting certain types of petitions in state courts. Doing so would hasten the process and spare victims' families the pain and frustration of living in limbo for years, even decades, while death penalty cases wend their way through the courts, he said.

But critics, including Chief Public Defender Susan O. Storey, said that Kane's prescription for a more workable death penalty would not substantially shorten the process. "If you really want death penalty reform, you can't raise false hopes for victims' families," she said.  To Storey, a more just and moral solution is to do away with capital punishment and sentence those convicted of the most serious crimes to life in prison without the possibility of release.

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Let me get this straight Susan: The only way to reform the death penalty process is to do away with it permanently.

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Posted by: Daniel | May 10, 2009 1:08:47 PM

I would like to see the death penalty start in earnest with the vile lawyer hierarchy. Arrest the lot. Have a brief fair trial, and shoot them all in the head in the courthouse basement. Then take their corpses from the loading dock, out to a pig farm. Dispose of the bodies by giving them to the pigs. Then start to fulfill the goals of the law, all of which are in failure thanks to their rent seeking.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 10, 2009 2:59:40 PM

SC,

Would a nice clean garroting satisfy you? Shots in the courthouse basement would be both possibly dangerous to bystanders and a bitch for the janitor to clean up later.

Or is the mess important in order to send a message to whoever replaces the lawyers?

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | May 10, 2009 6:52:36 PM

The lawyer is twice as oppressed as the public by this heinous criminal cult hierarchy. Even you will thank me later, if we can ever get rid of these oppressors. There will be 500,000 fewer lawyers. Your salary will be twice as much as now. You will have the Free Speech of all others in our land. The esteem of the public will be 100 times what it is now. What else can I get for you? Not even your mother will have done more for you.

If you can think of another method of dislodging history's biggest criminal syndicate, controlling the three branches of the government of the US, I would love to hear about it.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 10, 2009 7:03:12 PM

SC, Do you think that all the time you spend pasting posting this stuff will somehow make up for the fact that you lost an appeal pro se?

Posted by: S.cotus | May 10, 2009 10:18:14 PM

Scotus: Say something lawyerly.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 10, 2009 10:46:35 PM

Pro Se? You mean no respected member of the bar collected the rent?

Posted by: Mark#1 | May 11, 2009 11:10:00 AM

Indeed. But what is worse, is that he lost! The winning party was a lawyer (and represented by a lawyer).

Posted by: S.cotus | May 11, 2009 12:06:36 PM

It is absurd for a state like Connecticut to have the death penalty on the books. They will never use it; it is a waste of money, time, and emotion.

With states like Texas, Virginia, Ohio (i.e., states that actually impose death sentences and carry them out), you can have a debate about morality, effectiveness, etc. But if you have executed less than, say, 5 people since the Bee Gees broke up, you might want to consider just putting your first-degree murderers in jail for life without parole and giving your citizens a tax rebate, or building some egret hatcheries, or filling in some potholes, or opening a nutmeg museum. (That last one is Connecticut-specific.)

Posted by: Observer | May 11, 2009 12:24:17 PM

Scotus: All fiction, just like the lawyer utterance.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 11, 2009 8:52:57 PM

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