Note One: Hypocritical politicians are not unusual. Governor Dan Malloy of Connecticut may have reached the pinnacle of hypocrisy, the Mt. Everest of hypocrisy, all 29,029 feet. He signed the law in 2012 that abolished the death penalty in Connecticut. He only had to walk a few steps out of his office down to the Attorney General’s office who, I have no doubt, would have told him, the death sentences of the 11 men sitting on death row already would be commuted by the Connecticut Supreme Court if the law were challenged. The two criminals in the story below were among those 11. The Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision has just verified that the 11’s death sentences will be commuted to life without parole. Malloy now issues his hypocrisy after that decision. “Today is a somber day where our focus should not be on the eleven men sitting on death row, but with their victims, and those surviving family members. My thoughts and prayers are with them during what must be a difficult day.” You idiot, you approved the law that brought all of this about. Why didn’t you veto it?
Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Richard Palmer is not greatly behind Governor Malloy in hypocrisy. He wrote the majority opinion in the 4-3 decision to abolish the death sentences for those eleven men, including the Petit family murderers. The decision that just came down this week. He wrote in part, …”This state’s death penalty no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency….” Really, Richard. I assume you are then saying that what those two criminals did to the Petit family in 2007 must comport with contemporary standards of decency at the time. If you are not saying that, then you are contradicting your own decision.
Connecticut Chief Justice Chase Rogers issued a blistering rebuttal in the minority decision. She said, “The majority’s determination that the death penalty is unconstitutional under our state’s constitution is based on a house of cards, falling under the slightest breath of scrutiny.”
Only seven of the eight justices voted, and I wanted to find out why the eighth did not vote in this case. The official Connecticut Supreme Court picture has six of the seven who voted. Justice Norcott is not in the picture, but voted for the majority, and must not have been a Supreme Court Justice at the time that outdated picture was taken. Justices Robinson and Vertefeuille, although in the official Connecticut Supreme Court picture, may or may not still be justices on the Connecticut Supreme Court, but I have found no way to confirm it. One of the two might still be on the Connecticut Supreme Court, and might be the one who did not vote in this case. I’m curious to know why the eighth justice did not vote in this monumental decision.
Original story below.
Cruel and Unusual Punishment. That phrase normally refers to what a criminal may claim. What about victims and their families? Are they ever subjected to legal cruel and unusual punishment? I’ll try not to leave anyone out in the Petit story. They lived in Cheshire, Connecticut. You’ll begin to realize whom I’m talking about as I relate more details.
In July, 2007, two lifetime criminals decided to invade a home very early one morning. They found the father, a doctor, an endocrinologist, separate from the rest of his family. They beat him in the head with a baseball bat, and tied him up in the basement. Cruel and unusual punishment?
They tied up his wife, 48, and their 17 and 11 year-old daughters. Because they made the mother drive to the bank the next morning accompanied by one of them, perhaps she thought they were only intent on robbing them and not doing them any physical harm. Cruel and unusual punishment?
The wife and mother notified the bank teller what was happening, and the bank notified the Cheshire police. I’m certain the bank told the police dispatcher where the Petit family lived, or if not, I’m sure the police department had almost immediate access to their address in their computer files.
The police had the criminals separated, and had they driven to the Petit house before the wife and mother and one of the criminals returned, they could have apprehended him outside the Petit home. They didn’t. Cruel and unusual punishment for the entire Petit family?
The police did perimeter the house. They certainly had time to storm the house. They didn’t. Cruel and unusual punishment for the entire Petit family?
The father had recovered enough, untied himself, and went to a neighbor’s house to notify the police. The police knew what type of criminals they were dealing with. Did the police storm the house? No. Cruel and unusual punishment for the entire Petit family?
Meantime, inside the house, the two criminals combined to rape the wife and mother, the 17 year-old girl, and the 11 year-old girl. The police were sitting outside. Cruel and unusual punishment for the entire Petit family?
One of them strangled the wife and mother. Cruel and unusual punishment, now only for the two daughters and Dr. Petit? His wife and their mother is dead.
One or both of them tied the girls to their beds in separate bedrooms, and poured gasoline on them as well as areas of the house. Cruel and unusual punishment for the two daughters and Dr. Petit??
They set fire to the house. Both girls died of smoke inhalation. Cruel and unusual punishment now only for Dr. Petit? The rest of his family is dead.
The criminals escaped in a family car, but were captured within a short distance of the Petit home.
Both criminals were sentenced to death.
In 2010 the Connecticut legislature passed a law to end executions. The governor vetoed it, citing this crime as the reason. She knew if the law went into effect, the Connecticut Supreme Court would likely repudiate all death sentences already in effect.
In 2012, the legislature again passed a law to end death sentences henceforth from the effective date of the law. A different governor signed the bill. Cruel and unusual punishment for Dr. Petit, the only remaining member of his immediate family?
Now the Connecticut Supreme Court has just ruled that it is cruel and unusual punishment for the 11 men already on death row to be executed, and their sentences have been commuted to life in prison. That was a result of the 2012 law. Two of those criminals are the criminals that invaded the Petit home, beat Dr. Petit with a baseball bat, raped and murdered Mrs. Petit, raped and tied the 17 year-old daughter to her bed, and poured gasoline on her, and raped and tied the 11 year-old to her bed, and poured gasoline on her, and left both of them to die in a fired they started.
If anyone connected with this fiasco is a lawyer, be it the governor at the time, or members of the legislature, they knew this is what the law would bring about. That is so elemental to a lawyer. A nitwit outside of a lawyer would know this would be the evolution of the law.
I say the governor who signed that 2012 law is guilty of perpetrating cruel and unusual punishment on Dr. Petit and the rest of the Petit family before they died.
I say the members of the legislature who passed that 2012 law are guilty of cruel and unusual punishment on Dr. Petit and the rest of the Petit family before they died.
I say the Connecticut Supreme Court, consisting of five men, one of those black, and three women, one of those the Chief Justice, are guilty of perpetrating cruel and unusual punishment on Dr. Petit and his family before they died.
Has any of those people ever visited the graves of the three members of the Petit family who died on that horrific day? I doubt it.
May the souls of those who perpetrated this cruel and unusual punishment on the Petit family reside in an eternal Hell, each and every one of them. Maybe they will plead that it is cruel and unusual punishment. It is fitting that they know what cruel and unusual punishment really is.