These "continuances" will last at least a year, unless the case goes to trial . For once I'd like to see an actual trial over any crime that stops short of multiple murders of a heinous nature -Only this type of case seem to be the rare exception to the plea deal model that Connecticut courts have adapted as their prefferred adjudication method.
And by default the victims of these violent crimes resolved via plea deal, they and public saftey at large- will pay the price for thathuge gap between crime and punishment that results simply by the very nature of these deals.
And to many Connecticut residents surprise lets- make- a- deal- style s often employed in cases involving the loss of someones life.
This young man killed violently at what was the prime of his life .Another man is responsible. That defendant's intent during the assault will become an integral factor in
whatever criminal charge that prosecutors office believes he/she can back up, Ifforced to trial.
Not that this will go to trial the plea deal that sometimes resembles poker as it also involves
bluff, risk and how difficult or cooperative the attiorneys client is-ie the criminal
murderer, assailent et al.
Sometimes it may become about which side can hold out the longest and roll the dice that a 12 member group of strangers will decide favorably for them what ultimate charges and sentence a man accused of killing another should recieve. Mind you this poker analogy implies at least a
modicum of professional adverserialism-between prosecutor and defense attorney,but I must point out that this is decidedly not the general rule in our Connecticut courthouses,which operate more like ineffectual , wasteful crime processing pits with cronyism galore which at
its least malignant includes a mood of cooperation between certain regulars(attorneys well known/liked by the [prosecutors ) and the states attorneys assigned to their cases.
n the end the victim and the victims family pays the price for the huge expanse between the crimes committed against their l;loved ones and the charges and concurrent sentences that are actually handed down within a compromise designed to save the courts time effort and money.
They ll be handed something that does not even vaguely resemble justice and spend the rest of their lives trying to come to grips with how and why society so devalued their child's life
and their emotional devastation and trauma.