CONNECTICUT: For Love or Pity

In a Connecticut superior court last week, a jury of parents faced tall, blonde, 21-year-old Carol Paight. On an afternoon four months before, Carol had become one of a legion of transgressors who, either out of love or pity, have assumed a right that is not theirs: the right to take a human life. She had killed her cancer-riddled father. *

Carol's family called her "Ditty." They lived in a small house in an ordinary-looking section of Stamford. Ditty's father was Police Sergeant Carl Paight, a member of the force for 27 years. Her mother taught school in New York....

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