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State High Court To Hear Death Row Inmate Appeal

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The Connecticut Supreme Court.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

The Connecticut Supreme Court. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The Connecticut Supreme Court is hearing arguments that could affect every inmate on the state’s death row.

The court at noon plans to take up the appeal of Daniel Webb, who is currently awaiting execution for the 1989 kidnapping and murder of Diane Gellenbeck, a Connecticut bank executive.

Webb wants his death sentence overturned based on the 2012 law that abolished the death penalty in Connecticut, except for those who had already been sentenced to die.

His lawyers argue that the law violates Webb’s constitutional rights to equal protection by treating him differently than others charged with similar crimes.

They say it also shows the death penalty is inconsistent with current standards of decency in Connecticut and no longer serves any valid purpose.

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