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“I’m the head of the [public defenders']office for New Haven and I’m a vocal anti-death-penalty person in the community,” [Tom] Ullmann said. “It would be a terrible message if I didn’t take this case. There was never any hesitation in my mind about taking it. As a lawyer, I would always rather be on the side that’s advocating for someone’s life rather than planning, plotting, strategizing and intending to kill someone.”
“Frankly, I never thought I’d have to deal with another death-penalty case in New Haven,” Ullmann said Tuesday in a telephone interview from a conference in Oklahoma City. Culligan represented Hayes in court Tuesday.
“However, the responsibility is pretty clear,” said Ullmann, who participated in a protest march outside the prison where serial killer Michael Ross was executed in 2005. He also was among a group of defense lawyers who called for an end to the death penalty at the state Capitol that year.
“I don’t look at that responsibility as just providing adequate counsel but providing zealous and aggressive representation,” Ullmann said. “And that is what we intend to do. We ultimately will be expending an incredible number of resources to prepare whatever defense there is, including saving Mr. Hayes’ life.”