Ct. Execution: Out Of Sight And Expensive


At 2:01 a.m. Wednesday, Michael Ross, the murderer of eight women, is scheduled to be executed in Connecticut. Hartford Courant columnist Michele Jacklin asks why Ross is being put to death “under the cover of darkness” if “deterrence is the raison d’etre for the death penalty.” Jacklin argues that, “Ross’ execution won’t be televised because capital punishment isn’t a deterrent.” (Ross still can appeal and stop the procedure, even after he is led into the execution chamber, the Boston Globe reports. Some think that Ross will make such a startling request.)

Jacklin maintains that tax dollars will not be saved by executing Ross. She quotes Rep. Michael P. Lawlor, co-chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, as saying, “If he had been sentenced to life in prison, that would have been the end of it. It would have been cheaper, uncontroversial and anonymous.” Says Jacklin: “Since the day Ross was arrested 21 years ago, the costs have piled sky-high, not just for his incarceration but for batteries of attorneys and psychiatrists, court appeals and last-ditch attempts aimed at preventing his execution. The legal expenses alone are estimated to exceed $1 million.”

Link: http://www.ctnow.com/news/opinion/columnists/hc-jacklin0123.artjan23,1,7344914.column?coll=h

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