Komisarjevsky Appeals Witness List Ruling

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ One of the Connecticut men charged in the home invasion that killed a mother and her two daughters has filed an appeal of a judge’s decision to release the names of potential witnesses for his trial.

Lawyers for Joshua Komisarjevsky plan to argue before the state Appellate Court that potential defense witnesses fear harassment and threats if their names are publicized, jeopardizing Komisarjevsky’s right to a fair trial.

Superior Court Judge Jon Blue had ruled that witness lists are ordinarily public and the defense hadn’t proven the need to keep it sealed.
The Hartford Courant sought the list.

Authorities say Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters in their Cheshire home in 2007.

Hayes was sentenced last year to death. Komisarjevsky’s trial starts in September.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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