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Connecticut court wisely bars execution of death row inmates

Connecticut court wisely bars execution of death row inmates

The Connecticut Supreme Court added Thursday to growing legal opinions questioning the fundamental arbitrariness of capital punishment in the United States. Let’s hope a couple of the pro-death penalty U.S. Supreme Court justices are following along – with open minds. The details of the Connecticut case are straightforward. Eduardo Santiago hired himself out in 2000 to murder the lover of a woman with whom a friend of his had a romantic interest (his payment: a snowmobile), according to prosecutors. Santiago was convicted, condemned to death, and mounted the usual appeals with mixed results. The state Supreme Court upheld most of the decisions against Santiago but also found...

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