Skip to comments.After a last count, (CT) death penalty (repeal) vote likely Wednesday
Posted on 04/03/2012 12:39:09 PM PDT by matt04
With Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pledging to sign the bill into law, the state Senate is preparing for a vote as soon as Wednesday on a measure to repeal the death penalty for future crimes.
Leaders of the Senate Democratic majority intend Tuesday to canvass their 22 members for a final time, with the expectation of getting a commitment from at least 18 senators, the bare minimum necessary for passage.
"We'll make a final decision tomorrow," Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, said Monday night. "Do we want to move forward one way or the other? Yes."
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, a longtime death-penalty opponent who presides over the Senate, is prepared to break a tie by casting a vote for repeal should the 36-member Senate deadlock.
If all three Democratic senators who have been publicly undecided cast a vote for repeal, the measure would pass with 19 votes. The three are Sen. Edith G. Prague of Columbia, Carlo Leone of Stamford and Joseph J. Crisco of Woodbridge.
If the vote is taken Wednesday, it will come during the holiest week of the Christian calendar.
The bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut intend to lead a march from Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford to the state Capitol Tuesday morning, mixing religion and a demand for repeal.
They plan to enact the Stations of the Cross, depicting the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. The Episcopal and Catholic bishops have lobbied for repeal and met with the governor.
Malloy held a press conference last week with Ben Jealous, the president and chief executive officer of the NAACP, which is leading an effort to abolish the death penalty nationally.
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (860) 524-7384
Gov. Malloy (860) 566-4840
Sen. Edith G. Prague 860-240-0579
Sen. Joseph J. Crisco 860-240-0189
Sen. Carlo Leone 860-240-0589
Sen. Andrew Roraback 860-240-8800
Full CT Senator list: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/slist.asp
So the next home invasion/rapist/murder scum bag gets to live, despite the horrific crimes they commit.
And those currently residing on death row will then be given life sentences. Just like Manson in CA. You just wait & see. Ya heard it hear first.
I wouldn’t live in a state where the scumbag politicians care more about murderers than they do about the victims.
Just think...we wouldn’t even be having this little discussion if the left didn’t pull off that fast one in Bridgeport. You know, keeping the polls open for two hours past the official closing time where election-winning votes for Malloy magically appeared.
Thanks, dems - you suck. Every last g*d damned one of you.
G_d help us...
Michigan banned the death penalty in 1846, nine years after becoming a state. And what did it get them?
The biggest friggin’ prisons you’ve ever seen, and signs on every road warning you not to pick up hitchikers as there is a prison nearby.
Don’t forgot the photocopied ballots because they “accidentally” ran out.
According to Senate Minority Leader John McKinney in the Courant, it appears this will be very close should a vote occur tomorrow. Maybe calls and emails will help.
If you repeal the death penalty for criminals lawfully convicted of murder and do not repeal the death penalty abortion law that kills innocent babies the you are hypocrites.
I’m going to get flamed heavily for this. I’m against the death penalty. I don’t think it is cruel and unusual punishment, but the state has shown it can not be trusted with that power. I’ve seen too many Duke LaCrosse cases, too many showtrial types, and too many Janet Renos to trust the government with that power. Connecticutt can do what it wants, but if this was for federal repeal of the death penalty in federal court systems, I’d support that 100%.
Hey, Legion is back!
Petit family RIP: Jennifer, Hayley, and Michaela
Never forget the animals who have served notice that they’re not fit to live amonst us:
Steven Hayes & Joshua Komisarjevsky sitting on death row
Michael Ross, the serial killer and rapist of eight young women, was the last murderer executed by the State of Connecticut in 2005, after 18 years on death row.
Why would anyone advocate to show mercy to such fiends?
as one of the original 13 colonies, CT is really going down the toilet.
I’ve found that conservatives are about 30-70 on the death penalty. I’m in the 30 and I agree with your reasons.
However, I think the death penalty needs to be retained, but only used on criminals that have BOTH:
(a) committed a henious crime, AND
(b) have proven themselves to be unincarcerable (through escape attempts, serious injury to inmates/guards, or are otherwise a military-type break-in threat - such as Saddam Hussein)
Having seen more murder victims then I care to count ( I worked for 20 years in a large hospital’s ER) I’m 100% in favor of the DP and always will be.
I can tell you don't get there much...otherwise you wouldn't have used the word "going".
My position is a variation on yours: reserve death for somebody who has committed a capital crime AND has two or more violent felony convictions (for separate crimes, not multiple convictions for the same incident), for crimes where the victim would have been justified in using deadly force to defend himself from.
My reasoning is that the probability of a complete innocent getting three separate convictions is vanishingly small. Thus, even if he is executed and it's later found out that he didn't do the crime he was sentenced to death for, then I won't care.