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2 years ago  ::  Apr 29, 2012 - 2:34PM #1
Merope
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Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy quietly signed a bill Wednesday repealing Connecticut's death penalty.  The state has had the death penalty since the colonial era, when a Native American named Napauduck was hanged for murder in 1639.  Stories here and here.


The new legislation makes life in prison without the possibility of release the highest form of legal punishment in Connecticut.  It applies only to future cases, so the 11 men already on death row will remain there and could be put to death (pending outcomes of appeals, clemency, etc.).


The low-key bill-signing came the same day as a new Quinnipiac University poll showing nearly two-thirds of Connecticut voters support capital punishment.  But the same poll found opinions were far more divided when respondents were asked to choose between the death penalty and life in prison without the possibility of release.  Given that choice, 46% chose the death penalty while 46% chose life in prison without possibility of release.


Connecticut joins 16 other states and the rest of the industrialized world in abolishing the death penalty.  Illinois, New Mexico, and New Jersey have all abolished capital punishment in recent years, and a court declared New York's death penalty law unconstitutional in 2004.  California will have a capital punishment referendum on the ballot in November.


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2 years ago  ::  Apr 29, 2012 - 6:58PM #2
mountain_man
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Apr 29, 2012 -- 2:34PM, Merope wrote:

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy quietly signed a bill Wednesday repealing Connecticut's death penalty....


That makes 17 states now. We have a long way to go to bring the rest to civility and the 21st Century.

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 29, 2012 - 7:50PM #3
teilhard
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Minnesota quit the Death Penalty about 100 years ago after a botched Hanging ...

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 10:39AM #4
TemplarS
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I expect much of the public opinion in Connecticut is simply a gut response to the home invasion case in that state where two men burned a home down with a woman and her two daughters inside.


So it may have taken a bit of political courage on the part of the legislature and governor to pass this bill.


As it happens, since the new law is not retroactive, those men may still wind up leaving the planet prematurely courtesy of the state.  While I am not in favor of the death penalty in the vast majority of cases-  I will not be mourning them if that happens.

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 1:15PM #5
mytmouse57
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Life in prison is probably more harsh anyway. 


Many people who commit these sorts of crimes are young when they do. Who wants to spend 50 years, or more, in a cage?

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 2:29PM #6
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I think this is great. Very civilised.

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 2:34PM #7
vansdad
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This is excellent IMHO.  I don't think anyone has a right to take a life, including the State.  And we all know how money, lawyers and politics plays a huge role in it too.  No doubt many innocent people have been put to death.

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 3:53PM #8
Do_unto_others
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This is good news. When will the other 33 States catch up, I wonder?

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 4:45PM #9
teilhard
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A Reasonable universal Change would be to take "The Death Penalty" out of the States' Hands and have ALL "Capital" Cases tried in the Federal Courts ...

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 6:21PM #10
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Right now crimes committed in Connecticut can stll be punished by death under US law. We need a FEDERAL ban on capital punishment. (But don't hold your breath.)

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