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Joseph Snyder: Courage of fire victims forced arsonist’s admission of guilt

To the editor:

The truth is finally out about the Northampton arson spree. In spite of the protections afforded the accused and every conceivable bit of evidence excluded, the truth came from the arsonist himself.

The prosecution was excluded from using a taped confession, similar fires and the fact that since Anthony Baye’s arrest, fires stopped. None of these pesky little facts were allowed so as not to infringe on the accused’s rights.

Instead, our system seems to trample over the rights and reputations of the victims and authorities, the woman who lost her family and home or the residents who didn’t know where the next cowardly act would occur.

While we’re at it, let’s rake law enforcement over the coals. It would be nice to think that the scales of justice were equal, but the fact is they are not. In the end it was the courage of the victims reliving that horrific night and the undaunted resolve of investigators and prosecutors that forced Baye’s hand.

It wasn’t about right or wrong, it just became too risky for the defense. Thank God we have these public servants protecting us. What a shame it took such a tragedy to convict him. It just doesn’t seem fair.

Joseph Snyder

Holyoke

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