Just consider the first round of motions in Joshua Komisarjevsky's upcoming trial.
They want to ban Twitter and remove Judge Jon Blue for partiality they say he displayed during Hayes' trial by, among other things, giving reporters (who frankly should have known better than to accept) cookies. The hearing to decide whether he'll preside over the second trial is scheduled for Tuesday.
They want to show prospective jurors heinous crime scene photos in hopes of empaneling a group made up of only the most hardened and unsentimental. And then they want to sequester the jury if after that stunt they actually manage to seat a group of robots who are unmoved by such horror.
They also want to bump prosecutors from their customary seats near the jury so that the man accused of destroying a family can look a father in the eye while he testifies about the vicious murders of his wife and daughters. It's their client's right, lawyer's claim. Sure — if an accused killer's rights include continuing to torture a family.
And this is just the beginning.
If people were appalled at Hayes' lawyers comparing their client to a mythological king condemned to roll a boulder up a hill for all eternity or accusing anyone who disagreed with their quest to spare a murderer's life of "blood-lust, they obviously haven't seen anything yet.
We got a taste of what was to come at Hayes' trial last year when one of Komisarjevsky's lawyers held a press conference on the courthouse steps to "clarify" his client's culpability in assaulting 11-year-old Michaela Petit.
Now add to all of that the timing of the second trial. A jury will decide if Komisarjevsky is guilty of crimes punishable by death at the same time that the state debates whether to abolish capital punishment.
If lawyers for Hayes objected to the odd pro-death-penalty campaign flier that went out during that trial, can you imagine what's to come when legislators are discussing the future of capital punishment while every sickening detail of the Cheshire killings is being relived in a nearby courtroom?
By now, we all know the excruciating details. No need to get into them now. But soon enough the Petit and Hawke families, as well as countless people affected by the chilling randomness of the crime, will be thrust back to that shocking 2007 day when a mother and daughters were brutally killed.
It is Komisarjevsky's lawyers' jobs to vigorously defend their client. We can't fault them for that. But there's no need for antics that only compound a family's pain. And for that, we should fault them.
Helen Ubiñas' column appears on Thursdays and Sundays. Read her blog, Notes From Hel, at courant.com/helen and follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NotesFromHeL.