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Senate Approves Bill to Repeal Death Penalty in Conn.

The bill was approved with a 20-16 vote early Thursday morning, according to the Connecticut Post.

The State Senate approved a bill to repeal early Thursday morning with a 20-16 vote after 10 hours of debate, according to the Connecticut Post.

The bill includes a Republican amendment that would keep current death row inmates in line for execution. It will now be sent to the House of Representatives for approval and is expected to be up for debate next week. Gov. Malloy has said that he would once it reached his desk.

Sen. Edwin A. Gomes, D-Bridgeport described the death penalty as a "permanent" action—one that wouldn't bring criminals' victims back to life.

Dr. William Petit, whose wife and two young daughters were , spoke Wednesday morning against the plan to end capital punishment in Connecticut. 

"We believe in the death penalty because we believe it is really the only true just punishment for certain heinous and depraved murders,'' Petit said, according to the Hartford Courant.

Joe Ribeiro April 05, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Politicians, what a funny lot. If the 20 that voted to repel had a family member be a victim of a violent crime they would have a different attitude. Connecticut is turning into a great place to commit a crime. First the courts don't want to set bonds then when you get convicted they want the tax payers to support you and your family for the rest of your life. Lovely!
PJ April 06, 2012 at 02:00 AM
This state is doing a lot of crazy things! Still scaring away business and none of the clowns in Hartford can figure out why; still losing jobs and none of the clowns in Hartford can figure out why; still the worst (#50) for retirees and none of the clowns in Hartford can figure out why! They just don't get it! Joe, you are absolutely right on your comment...if someone from their family was murdered, perhaps they'd think differently, however, when we continually elect liberal democrats over and over again, what else can you expect?
Paul Ricard April 06, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Many of the people advocating for a repeal of state-sponsored murder (aka, the death penalty) are, in fact, family members of murdered persons. Not everyone is seeking vengeance.

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