A Horrific Crime: But Is Execution the Answer?
Kaveny, Cathleen, Commonweal
After deliberating for four days last month, a Connecticut jury imposed the death penalty on Steven Hayes, one of two men charged with three horrific murders during a home invasion in July 2007. Joshua Komisarjevsky, his alleged accomplice, will be tried separately next spring.
When I heard the verdict, I experienced an immediate sense of relief. Since then I have been struggling to reconcile my initial reaction with my moral opposition to the death penalty.
Hayes and Komisarjevsky broke into the suburban home of the Petit family in the dead of the night, beat the father senseless with a baseball bat, raped the mother, and terrorized the two daughters, one seventeen years old and the other just eleven. The little girl was also raped. When …
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Publication information: Article title: A Horrific Crime: But Is Execution the Answer?. Contributors: Kaveny, Cathleen - Author. Magazine title: Commonweal. Volume: 137. Issue: 22 Publication date: December 17, 2010. Page number: 6. © 1999 Commonweal Foundation. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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