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Judge Denies Motion For Komisarjevsky Retrial

January 19, 2012 by John Rook

The New Haven Superior Court judge, who presided over the Joshua Komisarjevsky trial last year, issued one more ruling on the case this week.
Judge Jon Blue denied a motion from Komisarjevsky's defense team for a new trial, stating their was no justification for throwing out the verdict and subsequent sentence of the jury.
Komisarjevsky was found guilty of 17 counts against him, including seven capital felony counts, in the fall of last year for his role in the murder of three Cheshire women in 2007. The same jury that found him guilty later sentenced him to death.
Komisarjevsky's lawyers argued in their motion that the high level of attention paid to the trial should have prompted a change of venue out of New Haven to another location. The motion also mentioned that Komisajevsky was denied a probably cause hearing, and even pointed to the presence of Dr. William Petit, the sole survivor of the attack on his family, and his supporters, whom the defense referred to as a "posse."
Blue, however, stated that, in his opinion, the jury in the case had been "remarkably fair" and that there was no cause to overturn their rulings and renew the trial process.
For more on this story, see an update in next week's Cheshire Herald.

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