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Views On Death Penalty From Pages Of The Courant

  • OTHER OPINION: Why Joshua Komisarjevsky Must Die

    Why Joshua Komisarjevsky Must Die

    Earlier this year, the people's elected representatives almost abolished Connecticut's death penalty by stealth. Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky would never have been executed. At the last minute, a couple of legislators flipped, imagining themselves as victims, knowing that these rapist-murderers...

  • Capital Punishment No Solace To Survivors

    I know of no one in our state who has followed the horrible story of the home invasion in Cheshire, where a mother and two daughters were cold-bloodedly murdered, who wouldn't want to yell, "Kill the killers!" I have talked to many who strongly support Dr. William Petit Jr., the lone survivor of...

  • Care More About Victims Than Killers

    On May 24, 1994, my wife Wanda and I became homicide survivors. Our beautiful 19-year-old daughter, Melanie, was brutally strangled to death in our house by her ex-boyfriend. None of us asked for this. This was a brutal, selfish act by someone who could not tolerate the break-up. Melanie was a...

  • Executing Murderers Saves Lives

    Now that Joshua Komisarjevsky is declared guilty of murdering Dr. William Petit Jr.'s wife and two daughters in a Cheshire home invasion, it's easy to understand why most Americans hope he is put to death for his sadistic crime. Unfortunately, if death is the verdict, justice will neither be swift...

  • Letters To The Editor: Many Sides Of Death Penalty Debate

  • FRIDAY BUZZ Death penalty for Joshua Komisarjevsky?

    Death penalty for Joshua Komisarjevsky?

    Joshua Komisarjevsky has been convicted of murder and now faces the sentencing phase of his trial. He could get life in prison or the death penalty. Does he deserve death for his role in the murderers of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley and Michaela? Or is the death penalty wrong?...

  • Dr. William A. Pettit Jr.: Death Penalty Is Justice For Murderers

    "Justice is the first virtue of social institutions," according to philosopher John Rawls. It transcends national borders, races and cultures. The death penalty is the appropriate societal response to the brutal and willful act of capital felony murder. Every murder destroys a portion of society....

  • Two Wrongs: Death Penalty Is Revenge, Not Justice

    The execution of Troy Davis in Georgia last week has once again pushed the debate over capital punishment to the forefront. Although there are many questions regarding this particular case, Mr. Davis is dead, and any discussion is purely academic. Instead, let us take a look at Connecticut's own...

  • Jurors Must Follow Strict Death Penalty Guidelines

    Now that Steven Hayes was convicted of capital murder for killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, in their Cheshire home, the jury, beginning Monday, must decide whether he should be sentenced to death. In addition to recognizing the seriousness of any decision...

  • Prague Wrong To Propose Frontier 'Justice'

    An off-her-rocker suggestion by a state senator

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