The Death Penalty In Connecticut
Certain crimes in Connecticut are punishable by death, though the state has executed only one man -- Michael Ross -- in the past 50 years.
The 2007 murders of the Petit family have cast a giant shadow over recent legislative discussions on capital punishment. A repeal bill cleared the General Assembly in 2009 but was vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Last year, a repeal effort fell apart after two key senators said they could not support it in light of the Petit murders. Opponents of capital punishment recently vowed to press on with their cause, though getting controversial legislation passed in an election year presents an additional complication.
In a Quinnipiac University poll released on March 21, sixty-two percent of the state's voters say abolishing the death penalty is "a bad idea"; 31 percent support the proposal to end capital punishment in Connecticut. Even if it is abolished by the legislature this year, 58 percent said the 11 men already on death row should be executed.
Connecticut has 11 people on death row -- including both men convicted of the Petit murders.
Should a repeal of the death penalty in Connecticut affect those currently on death row?
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After the death sentence was announced in the Joshua Komisarjevsky case, opponents of capital punishment in Connecticut vowed to press on with their cause while death penalty supporters pledged to continue fighting repeal efforts. Read more .../span>
Preserving capital punishment for crimes committed before the legislature's abolishment of the death penalty is at odds with "evolving" standards of decency in Connecticut, an attorney for convicted killer Eduardo Santiago said in a legal filing this week to the state Supreme Court which has agreed to take up the issue of whether the repeal of the death penalty can apply only to future crimes. Read more .../span>
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