Townsend murderer sues prison system,...

Townsend murderer sues prison system, claiming religious rights violated

There are 3 comments on the Lowell Sun story from May 12, 2013, titled Townsend murderer sues prison system, claiming religious rights violated. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Convicted triple-murderer Daniel J. LaPlante, who is serving life behind bars for the 1987 murders of Patricia Gustafson and her two children in their Townsend home, has filed a federal lawsuit against the state Department of Correction claiming his religious rights are being violated by limitations to his Wicca faith.

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Townsend resident

Schenectady, NY

#1 May 12, 2013
This disgusts me! I was a close friend of the Gustafson's and knew Danny as well.
He destroyed the lives of so many people....why should anyone be a concerned with his rights??? If he was truly a "religious" person he would not be living in the prison system for the remainder of his life!

“I will not go quietly.”

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis Indiana

#2 May 12, 2013
Townsend resident wrote:
This disgusts me! I was a close friend of the Gustafson's and knew Danny as well.
He destroyed the lives of so many people....why should anyone be a concerned with his rights??? If he was truly a "religious" person he would not be living in the prison system for the remainder of his life!
A)regardless of what he has done he is still a Human Being and B) because he has a Constitutional RIGHT to them.
Religious Beliefs do not make or Create through association any type of morality, some of the most bigoted, hateful, disgusting individuals also claim Religion and actually use it to justify their onerous actions.
Ken Ra

Minneapolis, MN

#3 May 12, 2013
So, he found religion? I wish it was not mine. We are guarantied freedom of Religion UNDER LAW. He broke it and killed a mother and her children. The Great Mother is a core idea of Wicca. His actions are not in harmony with Her, and are spiritually repugnant. One of our earlier documents says " to show that ye are free in your rites...." He is not free and rightfully so. Releasing him would be a very bad idea. The D.O.C. has stated that he has NOT exhausted his options. Inmates have a reputation for being lawsuit happy. There are Chaplains who are pledged and trained to minister to the needs of ALL religions. There are several Wiccan Chaplains and " religious sponsors " who's job is making Wicca in prison possible for him.

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