Jury Selection Starts Today In Cheshi...

Jury Selection Starts Today In Cheshire Slayings

There are 48 comments on the The Hartford Courant story from Jan 19, 2010, titled Jury Selection Starts Today In Cheshire Slayings. In it, The Hartford Courant reports that:

Jury selection will begin this morning at Superior Court in New Haven in the trial of Steven Hayes , 46, of Winsted .

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Cheshiriana

Milford, CT

#42 Mar 13, 2010
Jesus forgave his attacker's atrocities, and said "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."

Remember a few years back the Amish immediately forgave crimes that were perped on their children.
They really walk their talk. I was impressed.Those "plain people" are really good people.

This is not to say everyone is capable of forgiving so immediately. Nor does it mean we can't tweak laws and procedures for preventative purposes.

If that crime were perped upon me I would have a hard time forgiving. Maybe it would take more than one lifetime. But that's what reincarnation is for.

Hayes and Komisarjevsky have earned some wicked karma.
Pearl

New Milford, CT

#43 Mar 13, 2010
Cheshiriana wrote:
<quoted text>There's more than one way to interpret this stuff.
I agree with you that there is more than one way to interpret it. I had not really seen the perspective authored by the two authors of those quotations/links previously and found them interesting.
Questionable

Meriden, CT

#44 Mar 13, 2010
Check out this website: murdershewrites.com

It says Petit was taken to St. Francis not St. Mary's. Wonder what was the reason for this discrepancy.
Cal Guy

AOL

#45 Mar 15, 2010
Cheshiriana wrote:
Jesus forgave his attacker's atrocities, and said "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."
Remember a few years back the Amish immediately forgave crimes that were perped on their children.
They really walk their talk. I was impressed.Those "plain people" are really good people.
This is not to say everyone is capable of forgiving so immediately. Nor does it mean we can't tweak laws and procedures for preventative purposes.
If that crime were perped upon me I would have a hard time forgiving. Maybe it would take more than one lifetime. But that's what reincarnation is for.
Hayes and Komisarjevsky have earned some wicked karma.
The topic of forgiveness when viewed against the perspective of justice is difficult to reconcile. Forgiveness is certainly a beautiful virtue to pursue; however, I would say that seeking justice is not bad either.

Personally, I do not think that forgiving the attackers (or in this case, the evil criminals in the persons of Joshua and Steven) mean letting the criminals off-the-hook (or handing down a punishment which is less than what the law prescribes). Pope John Paul II personally visited and forgave his assassin, but that did not mean he was letting his assassin leave prison and be a free man.

I believe forgiveness is done on a personal by the aggrieved person … but the execution of justice is carried out on an official level by the authorities, and this should be done in an objective manner … purely according to what the law prescribes. Remember that the symbol of justice is the blindfolded lady weighing justice on a scale. The Gospel also says “render unto Cesar the things that are Cesar’s”. I do not think that the instruction to forgive means that the stipulations of the law could be superseded and overwritten because the aggrieved person has forgiven his assailant.

In the end, I think it is possible to forgive the criminals, as well as obtain justice. Forgiving can (and should) be done by the aggrieved person on a personal level. However, the authorities still need to carry out justice under the precepts of the law … that is their responsibility to society.

I do not think that the people in this forum who are seeking that the maximum penalty be handed down on Joshua and Steven are blood-thirsty who are out for a lynching. We are also humans with families of our own. We are, however, shocked by the brutality of the crime, and specially pained at finding out about the very wonderful traits of the family they desecrated.

Once again, I agree with Pearl … this is one of those cases where the monstrous act of Joshua and Steven was beyond all human decency and thus believe that they should be meted out the maximum penalty prescribed by the law … from what I understand, rape with murder is punishable by death. And the extremely monstrous and painful way by which they carried out their killings all the more makes their crime deserve the maximum penalty.
Time2GoHome

Cheshire, CT

#46 Mar 16, 2010
Maybe by New Years 2010/11, we'll all be satisfied that the record will shows Hayes to be executed. Although, Komisarjevsky's trial won't go quite as smoothly. So hold onto your dignity, cause his trial will be one of the most famous in the state of CT.

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#47 Mar 17, 2010
Questionable wrote:
Check out this website: murdershewrites.com
It says Petit was taken to St. Francis not St. Mary's. Wonder what was the reason for this discrepancy.
Lack of research, too lazy to check facts, total carelessness.
Questionable

Bristol, CT

#48 Mar 17, 2010
Just another poster wrote:
<quoted text>
Lack of research, too lazy to check facts, total carelessness.
I never referred to it as a fact, just a discrepancy. You referred to it as a fact to be checked and attacked me as "too lazy to check facts."

Since: Sep 07

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#49 Mar 17, 2010
Questionable wrote:
<quoted text>I never referred to it as a fact, just a discrepancy. You referred to it as a fact to be checked and attacked me as "too lazy to check facts."
I didn't attack you at all. You asked what the cause of the discrepancy was, and I gave you my answer. Whoever wrote the article you referred to is the guilty party, not you.(Obviously you were aware of the fact that Dr. Petit was transported to the hospital closest to his home - St. Mary's in Waterbury.) I do apologize that you thought I was referring to you.

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