Supreme Court Taking Up Death Penalty Repeal

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments next month on whether the state’s repeal of the death penalty for future crimes violates the constitutional rights of the 11 men already on death row.

Justices are scheduled to hear the case after April 15. An exact date hasn’t been set.

The arguments come in the case of former Torrington resident Eduardo Santiago, who was sentenced to death for the 2000 killing of a West Hartford man in exchange for a broken snowmobile.

The state Supreme Court overturned the death sentence and ordered a new penalty phase last year.

But that ruling came two months after the state repealed the death penalty for murders committed after April 24, 2012.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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