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Connecticut Weighs Ending Death Penalty

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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State senators in Connecticut are slated to vote Wednesday on whether to become the fourth state in recent years to repeal the death penalty.

Senate Democrats say they have enough votes to approve the bill and send it to the state’s House of Representatives, where it would widely be expected to pass. Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, has said that if presented to him, he would sign the bill into law.

“People have come to recognize that the death penalty is applied in discriminatory fashion, and is a distraction to our criminal justice system,” said Senate President Donald Williams, a Democrat. “We’d be much better off without it.”

Efforts to repeal the death penalty have been brought before the Connecticut legislature several times in recent years. In 2009, both houses passed a bill that would have ended it, but then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed the bill.

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