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  Connecticut poised to repeal death penalty
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ContributorHomegrown Democrat 
Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Apr 06, 2012 02:11am
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CategoryProposed Legislation
MediaNewspaper - San Francisco Chronicle
News DateFriday, April 6, 2012 08:10:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAfter executing just one prisoner in more than 50 years, Connecticut moved Thursday to become the 17th state without a death penalty.

But the repeal wouldn't be a lifeline for the state's 11 Death Row inmates, including two men who killed a woman and two children in a horrifying home invasion supporters touted as a key reason to keep the law on the books. The state Senate debated for hours Thursday about whether the law would reverse those sentences before voting 20-16 to repeal the law.

After the state Senate's 20-16 Thursday vote to repeal the law, the heavily Democratic state House of Representatives is expected to follow with approval within weeks. Gov. Dannel Malloy, the first Democratic governor elected in two decades, has pledged to sign the bill.
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