Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Petit testifies on the death penalty

From the MRJs Amanda Falcone:

William A. Petit Jr. and his sister, Johanna Petit-Chapman, support the death penalty and made their views public for the first time Wednesday.

"I think it's what a just and moral society should do," Petit said.


I don't care much for the death penalty. But I believe that the state should have the option.

Tim White

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tragic as it may sound, I believe that CT. will abolish the death penalty law by the end of 2010. These two animals will receive life without parole. My only hope is that they rot in prison with the daily fear of spending their afterlife in hell.

MJR

Anonymous said...

After all that Dr. Petit has been through, his push for the death penalty should be enough to keep it legal. Let him throw the switch!!

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Anonymous said...

I always value your opinion Tim, but put yourself in this man's position and tell me that you wouldn't want these animals put to death if they murdured your family.
What they need to do is re-vamp the system so they don't take 2 1/2 years to go to trial and they don't allow the countless appeals.
The problem is the state is paying the defense attorneys fees as well as the prosecutors. Then they pay for isolation in the prison system and from what I heard, Hayes has been on suicide watch. What a waste of money that is.
I feel it should be used only in cases where there is indisputable evidence like the Petit case.

Robert DeVylder Jr. said...

As Ron White* says "My state put in an express lane"

*No relation to tim

tim white said...

11:08 The state is going for the death penalty. And if / when it happens, I won't lose any sleep over it.

CT doesn't use it excessively. What is it... one person (Michael Ross) in the past few decades? And he requested it, right?

Beyond that, I think it's seven people on death row. I understand there are no reasonable doubts for any of them... though that's not always the case (in terms of other penalties) as one man was recently released after 18 yrs of wrongful incarceration.

Anonymous said...

DNA has exonerated some who were convicted before DNA technology, but it can now also prove guilt without any doubt. The only change in the laws should be to ensure 100% certainty of guilt to impose the death penalty.

There is 100% certainty of the guilt of these two. They were caught red-handed at the scene.

And while the Elizabeth Estys are busy in Hartford trying to spare them from the just sentence, just remember that lethal injection is far more merciful than what they did. Those two little girls died screaming while they were set on fire.

Anonymous said...

"CT doesn't use it excessively. What is it... one person (Michael Ross) in the past few decades? And he requested it, right?

Tim, the problem isn't the Death Penalty itself, it is the judicial system.
They need to move things through a lot faster than 2 1/2 years.

They shouldn't be allowed all that time to come up with a defense.
That is what is costing us the money.The lawyers have found ways to keep billing the state while not getting their clients the penalty they deserve.
They should look at heinous crimes like the Petit murders and see if they have overwhelming evidence to convict. If they do, then they should move swiftly.

I know if it was my family, I would want that to happen.

Robert DeVylder JR said...

"They shouldn't be allowed all that time to come up with a defense."

As much as I am in favor of capital punishment, If there is a trial, there needs to be a defense. If the defense does not have time and resourses needed to properly defend these monsters, the state could loose more money and time in mis-trials, retrials, and appeals.

I for one would like to see "eye for an eye" justice, but in this country, we need to follow the process dictated in the Constitution.

Anonymous said...

But 2 1/2 years to build a defense?
What can they say to defend these animals who murdered the Petit women? It really wasn't them coming out of the burning house in the Petit vehicle?
Then they will have appeal after appeal??
It is the lawyers that make all the money in these cases.

Anonymous said...

RE: I for one would like to see "eye for an eye" justice, but in this country, we need to follow the process dictated in the Constitution.

The Constitution also guarantees the right to a speedy trial. Not only defendants, but society has the right to a speedy trial.

I'm all for due process, providing an adequate defense, etc. But 20 years for one case is a lawyer's racket for "billable hours," not due process.

Trial and appeals should be completed and sentence carried out within five years, max. If there's a backlog, hire more judges. Justice delayed is justice denied.

Anonymous said...

It is sad to see Dr Petit give up his medical career to become a full-time John Walsh and Fred Goldman. He probably thinks he is doing mankind a service but he isn't--there will always be a 2-bit politican or right wing wacko that will want to talk or be photographed with him. In spite of the hell he endured, it is too bad he cannot move on...

Anonymous said...

"In spite of the hell he endured, it is too bad he cannot move on..."
Don't judge this man.
You have no idea what he is going through and unless you have walked in his shoes, you shouldn't be telling us what he should or shouldn't be doing.
There are some people who have gone through similar tragedies and turned it into helping others so it doesn't happen in the future.
He is trying to protect all of us and our children, so I give him all the credit in the world for what he is doing. He could have just locked himself in his home but instead he has begun the Petit Family Foundationd raising money to help many peoplethroughout our state.
So, he should not be the one being judged.
Ask yourself what you would do.

Robert DeVylder JR said...

Anonymous said...
It is sad to see Dr Petit give up his medical career to become a full-time John Walsh and Fred Goldman. He probably thinks he is doing mankind a service but he isn't--there will always be a 2-bit politican or right wing wacko that will want to talk or be photographed with him. In spite of the hell he endured, it is too bad he cannot move on...

March 06, 2009 12:18 PM

Lets take away everything that means anything to you and see how you do at work. Lets beat you up, throw you down the stairs, leave you for dead, and kill your family and see how quickly you get back to work. He's had more taken than Goldman and Walsh. Give him some credit. Can you blame him or his family for wanting capital punishment?


Anonymous said...
Tragic as it may sound, I believe that CT. will abolish the death penalty law by the end of 2010.

Anyone that commits a crime before the abolishment of the death penalty will get life... These 2 idiots will get the chair regardless of when they are prosecuted.

Anonymous said...

RE: Dr Petit

We enough do-gooders as it is. If you listen enough to John Walsh and Fred Goldman--BY THEIR OWN ADMISSION--they have become bitter, hateful people. That's the course Dr Petit--through no fault of his own--is now trekking down.

Anonymous said...

RE: Anon. 12:18 said
"It is sad to see Dr Petit give up his medical career to become a full-time John Walsh ... there will always be a 2-bit politican or right wing wacko ... In spite of the hell he endured, it is too bad he cannot move on."

This is a scurrilous attempt to try to discredit Dr. Petit's support of capital punishment. Actually, Dr. Petit's response is quite rational, and John Walsh's work had led to the capture of hundreds of criminals over the years. They have turned their grief into positive action.

And maybe these survivors of heinous crimes wouldn't have to associate with so many right wing supporters if left wing politicians put public safety ahead of their reactionary thug-hugging ideology.

Robert DeVylder:
The legislature can abolish the DP retroactively, commuting a capital sentence to life. This is what happened in other states, and Elizabeth Esty et al are trying to make it happen here.

Robert DeVylder JR said...

Robert DeVylder:
The legislature can abolish the DP retroactively, commuting a capital sentence to life. This is what happened in other states, and Elizabeth Esty et al are trying to make it happen here.

March 06, 2009 3:00 PM

Just repeating what was reported on the news lastnight. The public outcry in this town alone would probably result in some new (or alot) faces in Hartford. As it is, alot of people test their horn on Rt 42 near Chamberlain ct.

Anonymous said...

"We enough do-gooders as it is. If you listen enough to John Walsh and Fred Goldman--BY THEIR OWN ADMISSION--they have become bitter, hateful people. That's the course Dr Petit--through no fault of his own--is now trekking down."
Lets see how you would feel if a loved one was viciously murdered...in Dr. Petit's case, it was his entire family. Who wouldn't be bitter?
Lets also remember how important John Walsh has been in changing laws and finding criminals. If that is bitterness, then I hope Dr. Petit becoes just as bitter.
Fred Goldman also has been fighting for victims rights and has been influential in California.
I think your statement is absolutely ridiculous!!

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:55 3-6

I bet you would like to see the survivors of the ill-fated flight that ended up in the Hudson last month serve prison time because they slaughtered some Canada Geese in the process.

What could you possibly know about bitter...you're so sweet its sickening.

Anonymous said...

Boy, the short bus stopped here...