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Conn.'s 10 death sentences are mired in unlimited appeals, judicial delays; reforms are urged
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' Connecticut's lengthy appeals process for death-row inmates is drawing criticism from the courts and legal experts.
Three of the 10 men awaiting execution have been on death row for more than two decades, and two others have been there at least a dozen years. All 10 cases remain in state courts, and there are further appeals available in federal court.
A state appeal filed in 2005 alleging racial and geographical bias in the system is expected to go to trial in June.
State prosecutors, meanwhile, are trying to put an 11th man on death row ' Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee) is on trial for the 2007 Cheshire home invasion killings of a mother and her two daughters.