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.
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.
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.
After years of failed attempts to repeal the death penalty, Connecticut lawmakers in both the House and the Senate have passed legislation that abolishes the punishment for all future cases.
The Connecticut House of Representatives will be voting on the high-profile death penalty repeal bill Wednesday, a week after the bill passed in the state’s Senate.
A proposal to abolish capital punishment in Connecticut has cleared a major hurdle with approval from the state Senate.
A push to abolish Connecticut’s death penalty is facing a key hurdle with a vote Wednesday in the state Senate, where supporters say they have the votes to kick-start the process toward repeal.
A co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee says Connecticut lawmakers will likely be voting on the high-profile death penalty repeal bill during Wednesday’s Senate session.
Connecticut Christian religious leaders who oppose the death penalty will be marching in Hartford in favor of repealing the punishment at the state level.
Some Connecticut families of murder victims are planning to publicly call on state legislators to repeal the state’s death penalty.