As the State of Connecticut considers whether to retry Richard Lapointe, and as many of his supporters try to persuade the state not to do so, I offer readers this short, yet significant, excerpt from the Connecticut Supreme Court’s 1996 decision rejecting his direct appeal from his conviction for murdering Bernice Martin, his wife’s eighty-eight year old grandmother:
In a previous post I discussed the State of Connecticut’s motion asking the Connecticut Supreme Court to reconsider its controversial decision in Lapointe v. Comm’r of Correction. I have just learned that, by order dated May 5, 2015, the Supreme Court denied that motion. The two justices who dissented from the original decision–Zarella and Espinosa–would have granted the motion for reconsideration. In short, the votes on the motion tracked the votes on the original decision.