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Introduction

The Gendered Differential
WithLawrence B. Goodheart

For more than 50 years, from 1960 to 2015, Connecticut’s death penalty statute meant that no one was executed except two convicted men who waived appeals and “volunteered” for death at the hands of the state. They were both serial killers: Joseph Taborsky, who died by electrocution in 1960, and Michael Ross, who died by lethal injection in 2005. The Kafkaesque situation ensured that no one was executed unless they wanted to be. The contradiction was blatant, absurd, and macabre.