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.)

  • newenglandsnob

    bs ! make the punishment fit the crime and as for the cost of the death penalty what ever happened to old sparky, or the gallows, or the firing squad ???

  • nunya in ct

    Repealing the death penalty is a travesty to ALL families who have experienced the murder of a loved one. These same morons who want it repealed, are usually rabid in their support of abortion. Looped out Liberals with no moral compass.

    • bette

      I am a liberal but i believe in the death penality. my daughter was murdered by people out on early release. never had to serve full time. in and out of prisions revolving door. why should someone enjoy life to any degree after they have willfully taken a life. they become institutionlized and life in prision becomes normal. TV, libraries, three meals a day, snacks, lovers, visits from families, mail. college degrees, My daughter is a pile of ashes she has no rights, her children have no mother. if you think i’m bitter your right. her death defines our lives which have been forever changed.

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