Three years after Connecticut abolished the death penalty for any future crimes, the state’s high court spared the lives of those who were already on death row when the law took effect, saying it would be unconstitutional to execute them.
Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen.
Petit’s wife and two daughters were killed in a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire.
Ronell Wilson, 31, was convicted of killing undercover detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin on Staten Island in 2003. The two were posing as gun buyers.
A New York City jury ruled Wednesday that Ronell Wilson should receive the death penalty for the murder of two NYPD detectives.
For convicted cop killer Ronell Wilson, the Facebook page he’s managed to keep up while on death row could be his undoing.
Ronell Wilson’s arduous legal odyssey began nearly a decade ago when, as young gang member, he was arrested in one of New York City’s most notorious police killings: the point-blank execution of two undercover officers in an illegal gun sting gone awry.
Penn State’s trustees may not like the NCAA’s unprecedented sanctions against the university’s football program, but they say the alternative — the so-called “death penalty” — would have been worse.
With his statue no longer outside Beaver Stadium, late Penn State coach Joe Paterno has been dropped from his perch atop the Division I record books.
Blake Allison said he has opposed the death penalty for decades and his wife’s death has not changed his stance on the issue.
The death penalty has been officially abolished for future cases in Connecticut, but Sen. John Kissel says the decision will only hinder the way the state deals with the most hardened and heinous of criminals.
The bill would abolish the death penalty and replace it with a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of release. It would not affect the sentences of the 11 inmates already on Connecticut’s death row.
A bill that would abolish Connecticut’s death penalty for all future cases is facing its second vote in the General Assembly. Members of the state’s House of Representatives are scheduled to take up the legislation on Wednesday afternoon.
State senators voted 20-16 in favor of a death penalty repeal bill after about 11 hours of impassioned floor debate.
Now that the two men responsible for the Petit family murders in Cheshire have been sentenced to die, a move is underway to repeal the death penalty in Connecticut.