The fateful release of 'pure evilness'

A judge, a Romney pick, says she used guidelines when she freed Daniel Tavares Jr. But he was quick to kill again.


Daniel Tavares Sr. said if his son was sentenced to death, "I'd like to be the one to inject the poison into his arm and look him in the eye when he dies."

The crime received attention on both coasts, not just because it illustrated a flaw in the criminal justice system, but because it has become a part of the campaigns of two Republican presidential front-runners.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who had appointed the judge who released Tavares, called for the judge to resign. Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani seized upon the slayings to show what he describes as Romney's ineffectiveness in fighting violent crime.