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Governor Signs Death Penalty Repeal

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Before a state senate vote on capital punishment, death penalty supporter Anne Rossi said the death penalty helped to get testimony that convicted some of the men involved in the murder of her husband and two other men at B and B Automotive in Windsor Locks.  Dr. William Petit, Junior and Anne Rossi's sister Linda Binnenkade look on. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Before a state senate vote on capital punishment, death penalty supporter Anne Rossi said the death penalty helped to get testimony that convicted some of the men involved in the murder of her husband and two other men at B and B Automotive in Windsor Locks. Dr. William Petit, Junior and Anne Rossi’s sister Linda Binnenkade look on. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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Governor Malloy has signed the bill eliminating the death penalty in Connecticut in future cases,  and replacing it with life in prison with no possibility of parole.   It makes Connecticut the 17th state with no death penalty, though those currently on death row would continue facing capital punishment.

Malloy,  who is a former prosecutor,  spoke against the death penalty during the campaign. He called this an historic moment, but moment for sober reflection, not celebration.

A Quinnipiac University Poll out today shows 62 percent of Connecticut residents favor the death penalty for those people convicted of murder and 60 per cent think repeal is a bad idea.

37 percent of respondents said the way a particular lawmaker voted on capital punishment will be “extremely important” or “very important” when they head to the polls in November.

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