Jul 3, 2013
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Connecticut Politics

U.S. Sen. Blumenthal Makes Case for Foreshaw Clemency

U.S. Sen. Blumenthal Makes Case for Foreshaw Clemency

Editor's Note: Andy Thibault is a regular contributor to Digital First Media newspapers in Connecticut. This is his latest column on the Bonnie Foreshaw case.

TORRINGTON – U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a former state attorney general and federal prosecutor, asserted there are “powerful and compelling reasons” to grant clemency to Bonnie Jean Foreshaw.

Foreshaw has served more than 27 years at York Correctional Center in Niantic for what many legal experts believe should have been a manslaughter charge. Had she faced a manslaughter prosecution, Foreshaw would have been free years ago. Instead, Foreshaw was charged with first degree murder for shooting at a man she had just encountered and who was harassing her and threatening to [f---] her up on March 27, 1986. At the last moment, the man admitted he pulled a pregnant woman in front of him as a human shield. A fatal shot entered the upper left chest and traveled toward the lung of Joyce Amos, who had been trying to restrain Hector Freeman.

In a stunning and candid phone interview Tuesday night, Blumenthal confronted issues of injustice, racism and sexism that have plagued the Foreshaw case.

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U.S. Sen. Blumenthal Makes Case for Foreshaw Clemency

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