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in coming weeks for details
Special thanks to Jeff Mainville and Matt Poland
Some thoughts about The Politics of Racial Justice
In Hartford, CT
The racial component for the administration of justice in Hartford Superior Court is manifest in the Bonnie Foreshaw case.
Foreshaw, a native of Miami whose parents emigrated from Jamaica, had settled in Hartford where on her own she bought a house working as a shop steward at a factory in Bloomfield.
In addition, upon her arrest law enforcement authorities raided her some, found baking soda, said Rastafarians were present and were able to seize her house even though no drugs were present. These actions and others eliminated any chance for a fair trial.
This black mother who supported her children despite a lifetime of suffering sexual violence was given the longest sentence of any Connecticut woman – 45 years – for the premeditated murder of someone she had never met.
Experts including Judge Jon Blue, who presided over the Cheshire homicides, concluded the proper charge would have been manslaughter.
If Foreshaw had been convicted and sentence fairly, she might have gotten 20 years, out in 10.
Instead, she got out after 27 ½ years following published documentation of her unfair trial.
This would not have happened to a white person.
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Followed by Gateway CC appearance with Bonnie Foreshaw
Jan. 15, 2015, 7 p.m., Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield.