Death Penalty

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

Supreme Court Taking Up Death Penalty Repeal

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.


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Former Client Blumenthal Helped Free Now Charged With Killing His Wife

A man U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal helped to free from Florida’s death row more than 25 years ago has been charged in a different case with killing his wife in North Carolina.


Governor Dannel Malloy. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Judge: Inmates Can’t Bring Up Death Penalty Repeal

A judge has ruled that the state’s recent repeal of the death penalty can’t be raised as an issue in a long-running lawsuit by death row inmates challenging the fairness of capital punishment in Connecticut.


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Bias Suit May Include Challenge Of New Death Law

A Superior Court judge is being asked to include questions about the state’s repeal of capital punishment in a bias lawsuit filed by death-row inmates.


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NCAA To Announce ‘Unprecedented’ Penalties Against PSU

Penn State officials elected to take down the Joe Paterno Statue outside of Beaver Stadium Sunday morning, but another bombshell could come on Monday.


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Death Row Inmate Says He’s Being Punished For Others’ Crimes, Too

Daniel Webb is awaiting execution for the 1989 kidnapping and murder of a Connecticut bank executive, but he believes he is also paying a price for another, unrelated crime that has heavily influenced the state’s debate on capital punishment.



Trial Set For Challenge To Connecticut Death Penalty

A trial date has been set for a long-running appeal by death row inmates who are alleging racial and geographic biases in the state’s process for seeking the death penalty.


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New Death Penalty Law Will Be Cited In Upcoming Sentencing

Connecticut public defenders hope to use the trial of a Bridgeport man as the venue to challenge the constitutionality of a new law that outlaws capital punishment in the state, but only for future crimes.


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Death Penalty Repeal Gives Defense Lawyers New Opening

Defense lawyers are expected to challenge this week’s repeal of Connecticut’s death penalty. That’s because it only applies to future crimes and leaves current death row inmates and defendants in pending capital felony cases subject to possible execution.


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.

Governor Signs Death Penalty Repeal

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.