Monday, November 08, 2010

The jury's unanimous verdict is in: Death

First he did the crimes, then he was convicted, and now he pays the price. This is as it should be. As Dr. Bill Petit said today, "This isn't about vengeance, it's about justice". Serious crimes have serious consequences.

I just hope my activist legislator, Vickie Nardello, doesn't get her wish to "save" him with her legislation to retroactively repeal the death penalty. She may not introduce the legislation this term. But I bet she pushes it again at some point.

Next up: The other predator, Joshua Komisarjevsky.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

For killing multiple victims in the course of a single act (Jennifer, Hayley, Michaela): Death.

for killing a child under the age of 16 (Michaela): Death.

for killing Jennifer in the course of a kidnapping: Death.

for killing Hayley in the course of a kidnapping: Death.

for killing Michaela in the course of a kidnapping: Death.

and for killing Jennifer in the course of a sexual assault: Death.

One down, one more to go.

Anonymous said...

The wheels of justice had almost fallen off the rails on this trial but the jury got it right.

It is awful that our system became the theater of prosecution vs. defense on this one and taxpayers pay for both sides. This is a case where no one questioned the guilt of Hayes and yet three years later the verdict we all expected has come. Now we wait a year for the next trial and the Petit family must relive this all over again. The murderers should have been tried together, that is the biggest failure of the justice system on this trial.

Its the system but its nearly broken. I don't have the answers but we have to start making this complaint heard loadly with our elected representitives in Hartford...the funders of the office.

Tim Slocum

Anonymous said...

Good points both Tim W and Mayor Tim.

The legislature and ranks of judges are dominated by liberal defense lawyers who skew the rules too heavily in favor of the defense. They forget that the Founding Fathers intended Constitutional rights to protect the innocent, not the guilty.

Dr. Petit said today that it never should have taken 3-4 years to bring these two to trial; that other states do it in 12-18 months.

The 20-25 years of appeals is even more ridiculous. Defense lawyers claim its to ensure due process, but really its a cash cow for them. "The jury didn't consider the color of my client's shoes," and other spurious nonsense.

One year appeals max. If there's 100% certainty of guilt, execute quickly. If not 100% certain, commute to life no parole.

"Justice delayed is justice denied"

mountain road said...

If Vickie Nardello tries to overturn this sentence through the back door of Hartford, no amount of redistricting will save her in 2012. Remember, she didn't even win her hometown of Prospect this year.

tim white said...

My understanding is that the first year of a two yr session allows for any legislator to introduce legislation. But the second year only allows committees (and presumably Chairs) to introduce legislation.

As Energy Chair, I doubt she'll try to introduce her retroactive immunity to proper punishment. Which means she'd have to introduce it this year... at the same time the younger murderer is on trial. I doubt she'll do that.

She knows they won't be executed for years. So she can wait out the 2010 - 2012 term and hope she's able to introduce legislation to protect murderers in a future Assembly.

I do find it odd how she follows her conscience to protect murderers, but claimed she opposed her conscience whe she voted against civil unions.

Cedar Lane said...

Dr. Petit cited the bottom line:
"This is about justice, not vengeance. We need to have some rules in a civilized society."

We need definite rules. If you commit heinous crimes and you know it's wrong, you pay the penalty.
Period. Otherwise, we have anarchy.

Winston Churchill once said that if he were lost at sea, and found an island with a gallows on its horizon, "I would be relieved to find myself in a civilised place."

The death penalty is not pleasant, but it's a neccesary boundry for a civilized society.

Anonymous said...

so sad to see the last photos of Jennifer and her girls together on the beach on Sunday, July 22, 2007 ... small consolation to know that Steven Hayes is where he belongs tonight, physically incarcerated on death row in Somers.
God bless the Petit and Hawkes families.

Anonymous said...

Here is the website of the Petit Family Foundation. Many opportunities to give time and money to charitable causes.

Anonymous said...

" These young children worked hard for Esty. The Problem was that they did not realize that Esty voting to abolish the death penalty; indirectly is sympathizing with the Petit murders. The comments that were past on from many passer buys were allegedly nonchalantly passed on to Esty Campaign workers for information purposes only; the campaign workers were not considered kids or teen agers but active supporters of the radical leftwing' make believe moderate Esty. The one individual that was given some sort of award from Dr.Petit should of stayed neutral in the campaign instead of not supporting Dr. Petit’s stand on the death penalty and chose to support esty’t sypythy for those convicted of a capital felony . "