Legislative Hearing On Death Penalty

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers are returning to the issue of repealing the state’s death penalty.

The General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing Monday where members will hear testimony on a bill that would replace capital punishment with life in prison without the possibility of release for certain murders.

The proposal would affect only those crimes committed on or after the new legislation would become law.

Legislators passed a similar bill in 2009 but then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed it. This time around, proponents are optimistic because Gov. Dannel P. Malloy opposes the death penalty and has said he would sign such a bill.

Lawyer Barry Scheck, known for his work with the New York Innocence Project that seeks to exonerate individuals wrongfully convicted, is expected to testify in favor of repeal.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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