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  [CT] Death Penalty Ban Considered
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Last EditedJason  Dec 02, 2010 02:53pm
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CategoryProposed Legislation
MediaNewspaper - Wall Street Journal
News DateMonday, November 29, 2010 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionJust weeks after a Connecticut jury recommended the death penalty in a grisly triple-murder, some key Democrats say they remain committed to killing that form of punishment.

Dan Malloy, set to become Connecticut's first Democratic governor in two decades, said throughout his campaign for the office that he'd seek to ban the state's death penalty. And his spokesman said the governor would sign such a bill if the legislature passes it.

Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, a New Haven Democrat, said he "absolutely" intends to introduce anti-death penalty legislation in 2011, saying he'd already started the process of writing it. Mr. Holder-Winfield, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, got a similar bill through the legislature in 2009 but it was vetoed by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

He acknowledged that the legislature would be focused on the economy and the state's $3.4 billion budget gap in the coming session, but said legislators should be able to handle anti-death-penalty legislation as well.
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