Connecticut Senate Expected To Vote On Bill To Repeal Death Penalty

Hartford, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – The state Senate in Connecticut is expected to vote on a bill to repeal the death penalty on Wednesday.

Now that the two men responsible for the brutal Petit family murders in Cheshire have been sentenced to die, a move is underway to repeal the death penalty in the state.

WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reports

Senate president Don Williams notes that the repeal would not affect the 11 men already on death row. He expects the bill to pass, but he knows that the vote could be close.

“In order to pass we need at least 18 votes,” Williams told WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau. “That would be an 18 to 18 tie, and the lieutenant governor has indicated that she would vote to break that tie in favor of repeal.”

However, sentiment for keeping the penalty on the books remains strong, and a recent Quinnipiac poll found that more than half of those queried were not in favor of repeal.

The debate was expected to start at noon and is expected to last until past midnight. If the bill is passed, it will then go to the House of Representatives.

Do you support the death penalty or do you want it repealed? Share your comments below…

  • Rodin

    If “Conn. Death Penalty Repeal Bill Passes In Senate, Moves On To House,” why is this still news?

  • Abraham

    Plain and simple- an eye for an eye. I agree with the death penalty

  • rnk

    So the Supreme Court of Fools votes that any citizen of the USA can be stripped searched numerous times for unpaid traffic summons or violating the leash law or practically any other real or fictitious police stop and the Legislature
    of Fools of Connecticut and its Governor want to abolish the death penalty for the most egregious heinous crimes against any unfortunate person. There is something WRONG with the messages the court and legislature and governor
    are sending. I wonder how the Justices would feel if they were stripped searched for something they didnt do or how the Governor would feel if someone close to him were the victim of a murderous cretan. When you make
    real life situations personal, certain decisions by the court,the legislature and the governor wouldnt be the same in the real world.

  • Vik

    Plain and simple — an eye for an eye.

  • dakotahgeo

    Plain and simple… Repeal!

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