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House Votes to Repeal the Death Penalty

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he plans to sign the Connecticut bill into law.

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted on Wednesday 86-62 in favor of repealing the death penalty in the state.

The state Senate passed a similar bill last week. Shortly after the House version passed around 11 p.m., Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued a press release saying, "When (the bill) gets to my desk I will sign it.”

“I want to be careful in the tone of my remarks, out of respect for the gravity of the issue at hand and out of respect for people on both sides of the issue," Malloy said. "When I sign this bill, Connecticut will join 16 other states and almost every other industrialized nation in moving toward what I believe is better public policy."

With Malloy's signature, Connecticut will be the fifth state in five years to do away with capital punishment.

“For decades, we have not had a workable death penalty,” Maloy said. “Only one person’s been executed in Connecticut in the last 52 years, and he volunteered for it.”

As reported in The New York Times, the only states in the northeast left with the death penalty are New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

Naugatuck state Rep. David Labriola has been a vocal supporter of maintaining the death penalty in this state. Both Labriola and state Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, R-Naugatuck, voted against the repeal, their office said.

The Hartford Courant reported that the 11 inmates currently on death row — which includes the two killers in the Cheshire home invasion, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Stephen Hayes — will still face execution.

Malloy said in the news release that, going forward, the state will have a system that allows for those who commit the worst crimes to be locked away for life.

“Let’s throw away the key and have them spend the rest of their natural lives in jail,” the governor said.

David V. DeRosa April 12, 2012 at 09:54 AM
The Governor is right. In 52 years of Connecticut's death penalty, only one person has been executed: Ross. That was state assisted suicide because he did volunteer for it. People get upset about this and emotions are high, but the fact is that when your love one is killed, the death penalty is only possible in a limited number of circumstances. So ... the possibilty of the killer even receiving consideration for the death penalty is so low ... that its imposition is more symbolic then real. The death penalty is costly, rarely is used, barbaric when used, and questionable ethically. It is good it is gone.
Jim April 12, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I think it is too bad that the death penalty has gotten, well, the death penalty. While some may have viewed it more as retribution rather than justice, it was the law. The fact that the law itself was never carried out is what seems like a crime and miscarriage of justice to me. But to look at things realistically as they stand now, they should change the sentences of those still on death row to life without parole as we all know they will never get the needle, and still cost the state millions in the appeals process. While I am glad that Michael Ross is off the planet, it would seem to me that if the state really wanted to punish him, what they should have done when he asked to receive the death penalty was to tell him NO!
EddieGin April 12, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Only in the "NUT-MEG" state would they take off the Death Penalty off the table WHERE THEY ONLY PUT ONE PERSON TO SLEEP IN 50 YEARS, AND THAT POS WAS A SERIAL KILLER. I GUESS THEY ARE MAD OVER THAT. PUKE
David V. DeRosa April 13, 2012 at 02:14 AM
I also heard that we are the 17th state in the union to abolish the death penalty. When it gets to 26 the anti-death penalty advocates are going to file cases to strike down the law as cruel and unusal punishment because of evolving community standards. So lets see what happens ... but thd death penalty may soon be gone around the nation.
Jim April 14, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I wouldn't want to be the one to break the news to those good ol' boys in Texas!!

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