Jan 26, 2010

Connecticut Law Tribune: Cheshire Case Illustrates Jury Picking Problems

For once Norm Pattis makes sense regarding our states unusually ludicrous and costly voire dire process which beyond costing our state many dollars when it is used costs many more lives because it is more often not used due to the money ie time involved. This means that trials have become a thing of the past in the state of Connecticut, leaving most cases to be dealt with via the 'PLEA DEAL" which is only a deal for the violent criminal.

This new found concurrence with Mr Pattis is a bit of a surprise as my past experiences with him seem to be of a editorialist who oft times shows himself as a predictable tow the latest liberal line kind of guy-(and remember, before making assumptions, I too am a registered democrat ) No my issues with Norm Pattis go beyond merely politics" for the kind of issues that I endeavour to explore, expose and hopefully even on the rare occasion- change are of the moral ilk; life and death, human suffering, justice. I have found his past Op-Ed pieces re these noble issues altho well written to be lacking one key element --true human compassion-not the standard obligatory nod to the latest victim of the latest heinous crime that has made its way into the political or legislative forum. It isn't his acerbic style his cynicism or wryness that I object to-how could I...in all fairness I don those very same...shall we say, weapons on a regular basis myself. No its something else; and that something is at the core of much of what is wrong with often otherwise well meaning liberal politicians legislators writers and "pundits". Its the actual desire and then ability to imagine the horror and pain of their fellow human beings once fallen to victim of violent crime. No one wants to go THERE.

Jan 25, 2010

First juror picked in Petit murder case- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut

Justice moves excruciatingly slow in this trial but it it moving towards a finite and just end just the same, I FEEL IT.

Richard Meehan Jr.: Jury selection in capital case an arduous, tricky process - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin

Richard Meehan,a well known and level headed attorney with an above average helping of moral integrity (for a lawyer in the first place THAT IS) weighs in on the Petit trial jury selection for defendenet steven hayes.

Judge denies request for jurors to preview Petit photos- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut

Very interesting kick off for this upcoming trial I would say...

State's tech upgrade for criminal justice: Where's the money? - NewsTimes

Very essential article-pls read.


Cheshire Slayings: 18 Potential Jurors Excused On Day 1 - Courant.com

Cheshire Slayings: 18 Potential Jurors Excused On Day 1 - Courant.com

Gambling With Our Lives – the Cheshire Massacre | NowPublic News Coverage

Jan 1, 2010

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Stories Of The Year, No. 2: Violence in The Valley

Police Capture "Big-Nosed Robber"

This story is amazing.