Dan Abrams Talks Defense Strategies For Convicted Murderer Steven Hayes On MSNBC

Defense attorneys are trying to avoid the death penalty for Steven Hayes, who recently was found guilty of murdering a mother and two daughters in Connecticut three years ago. It’s a tall task – and their strategy sounds peculiar, so Mediaite founder/NBC chief legal analyst Dan Abrams appeared on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co. today to talk it over with host Chris Jansing.

At the heart of the confusion over the defense team’s strategy is that they’re saying the prison system is too dangerous for someone who committed crimes the magnitude of Hayes’ (bringing up cases like that of infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who was murdered in prison)…while arguing for him to get life in prison. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me,” Abrams said, and that the defense team might be “doing too much.” He added the defense lawyers must make jurors feel at least one mild pang of sympathy, perhaps by proving that Hayes didn’t lead the home invasion, or maybe by playing up his suicide attempts.

They concluded, though, that the real sympathy would lie with Hayes’ defense attorneys, for having to defend a convicted triple murderer like Hayes. Video of the segment below.

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