13 CT Prosecutors Ordered To Testify In Death Penalty Case


A Connecticut judge has ordered 13 prosecutors to take the witness stand next month to face questions about how they decide when to seek the death penalty, reports the Journal Inquirer in Connecticut. Judge David Borden rejected an appeal by the prosecutors, who are members of the executive branch, asking to quash the subpoenas.

The prosecutors want the state supreme court to hear the case, arguing that “a conflict between two coequal branches of our government is, by definition, a matter of substantial public interest.” Defense attorneys in a murder case have argued that their client should receive a life prison term rather than face the death penalty “because there are no standards to guide state’s attorneys’ discretion when deciding whether to seek a death sentence.” Such a “standardless system” means that the death penalty in Connecticut “is imposed arbitrarily and capriciously,” they say.

Link: http://www.journalinquirer.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17677176&BRD=985&PAG=461&dept_id=1

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