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Death Penalty Debate in Connecticut Home Invasion Trial:  The AP reports that Steven Hayes's defense team wants to introduce the costs of execution versus the cost of a life sentence during the penalty phase of Hayes's trial.  Prosecutors have objected to this evidence, arguing the costs of the sentences are not relevant to the sentence Hayes deserves.  A Connecticut judge heard argument today from both sides, but did not make an immediate ruling. 

Tennessee Murderer Gets 6 Death Sentences:  In an update to yesterday's post, jurors again acted quickly in the trial of Jessie Dotson, deciding on six death sentences for the Tennessee killer after deliberating for less than two hours.  Dotson's defense attorney admitted that such a sentence "was probably a foregone conclusion."  Read the AP story here.

Judge Charged With Perjury For Concealing CI's Identity:  The AP reports that retired Michigan Judge Mary Waterstone will stand trial on four felony counts, stemming from her private agreement with prosecutors to conceal the identity of a paid confidential informant who testified in her courtroom during a 2005 drug trial.  Waterstone claims she allowed informant Chad Povish's relationship with police to remain a secret for his safety, but the Michigan Attorney General's office counters that jurors and the defense had a right to know.  Prosecutors in the 2005 case also face conspiracy charges.

At Least 12 Years for Canadian Toilet Seat Murderer:  A Canadian killer was sentenced yesterday to life with the possibility of parole in 12 years after being convicted of killing a man with a porcelain toilet lid in 2008.  Tyler Lee Nolet used the heavy lid to strike victim Kenny Wong twice in the head in a Calgery nightclub.  Nolet argued he had acted in self defense.  The Calgary Herald has this story.

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The court rejected the cost argument--appropriately--saying that is a matter for the state's legislature and not for a DP jury. Here is a link: http://www.dailyprosecutor.com/archives/1385

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