Connecticut’s Board of Pardons and Paroles granted clemency yesterday to Bonnie Foreshaw, who had spent 27 years behind bars for “premeditated murder” in a case that should have probably been prosecuted as manslaughter and carried a fraction of the sentence.
I’d like to think they would have come to the same conclusion regardless, but am proud of the work Andy Thibault, a contributing editor to our Digital First Media newsrooms in Connecticut, did on this case.
Thibault uncovered the existence of what has become known as the “Blue Note,” a letter outlining a huge miscarriage of justice in the case that was written 24 years ago and ignored for more than two decades by public officials who could have addressed it.
Thibault was also instrumental in getting the Department of Corrections to move yesterday’s clemency hearing to a location easily accessibly by the public and media.
Other journalists who gave the Bonnie Foreshaw case the attention it deserved included staff at Connecticut’s WNPR radio station, who devoted a full episode of the “Where We Live” program to the case and provided live coverage of yesterday’s hearing.