Death Penalty Repeal Back On The Agenda In Hartford

HARTFORD, CT (CBSNewYork) – With the sentencing to death of both men in the brutal Cheshire home invasion murders, Connecticut lawmakers appear ready to again take up arguments for repeal of the state’s death penalty.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

The strongest argument for repealing the death penalty comes from those who cite the number of men and women who have been wrongly convicted of murder and put to death.

In Connecticut, lawmakers could vote to repeal the law this session. Support is growing in both houses of the General Assembly.

St. Sen. John Kissel, however, is among those fighting to keep the law on the books.

It’s net worth, he says, goes beyond putting a criminal to death.

“It has been used many many times to get plea bargains for lesser charges and so I do believe that this has a valuable place in our criminal justice system,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “I can’t stress any more that there is just a tremendous amount of cases that are resolved by having the death penalty on the books and if anybody has any question as to how important it is, look at how rigorously defense counsel fight cases where there’s the possibility of death penalty as punishment.”

Gov. Dan Malloy has said he would sign any repeal into law that affects future cases but does not affect the 11 men currently on death row.

A Quinnipiac University poll taken last year found that 67 percent of Connecticut voters want to keep the death penalty on the books.

Where do you stand on the death penalty? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Rodin

    Please do wait until Petit family killers Steven J. Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky meet their just end. Not normally a supporter of the death penalty, this, one of the most heinous crimes in American history, screams for it. And, if repeal is approved, at least don’t make it retroactive.

    A note to all those Christians offended by Nicki Minaj’s Grammy performance: bellow at the design of the death gurney pictured above. Look familiar? Even I, a pious and devout Atheist, am offended.

  • Debbie

    I would like to see an end to the death penalty in Connecticut.

  • Kazimierz Bem

    Repeal this barbaric and cruel punishment. It has nothing to do with justice, re-socialization – only brutal vengeance. Abolish the Death Penalty NOW!

  • TD Mellton

    A fairly threadbare argument – keeping the death penalty alive for plea bargains – when in most cases a life sentence or even 25, 15, 10, or even five years is enough to trigger plea posturing. If I were confronted with an existence, even for one day, in an environment (jail) where I’d be brutalized in the form of rape and other abuses, I’d opt for the injection. And I’m always amazed by how many Christians who rally for the death penalty. These are the ones who yell “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”, but conveniently forget, “thow shalt not kill”.

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