Skip to comments.With House vote, Malloy to sign death penalty repeal
Posted on 04/12/2012 12:03:03 PM PDT by matt04
On an 86-62 vote, the House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Wednesday night to a bill repealing the death penalty for future crimes, leaving Connecticut one step away from becoming the 17th state to abolish capital punishment.
The bill, which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has pledged to sign, advanced after a 9 1/2-hour debate focused largely on a provision that still mandates capital punishment for Connecticut's 11 death row inmates.
The bill passed with votes from 78 of 99 Democrats and eight of 52 Republicans. Senate Democrats passed the bill 20-16 last week, with two Democrats joining all 14 Republicans in opposition.
In place of the existing crime of capital felony, the bill creates a new crime of murder with special circumstances, punishable by life in prison without chance of release.
Minority Republicans focused much of their opposition to a controversial legal assertion first offered by Malloy during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign: that Connecticut could repeal capital punishment for future crimes without lifting that penalty for those already on death row.
Only New Mexico has a similar law.
"I'm pleased the House passed the bill, and when it gets to my desk I will sign it," Malloy wrote in a statement released immediately after the vote. "I want to be careful in the tone of my remarks, out of respect for the gravity of the issue at hand and out of respect for people on both sides of the issue.
"When I sign this bill, Connecticut will join 16 other states and almost every other industrialized nation in moving toward what I believe is better public policy...."
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Some background on the rest of the current DR inmates, excluding Hayes and Komisarjevsky. Thanks Bridgeport!
Jessie Campbell III, sentenced 9/5/2000: Campbell was convicted of capital felony, murder, attempted murder, first-degree assault and weapons violations for Aug. 26, 2000, shooting deaths in Hartford of 20-year-old LaTaysha Logan and 18-year-old Desiree Privette; and the shooting of Privette's aunt, Carolyn Privette.
Robert Breton, sentenced 10/27/1989: Breton was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of capital felony for the Dec. 13, 1987, beating and stabbing deaths of his 38-year-old ex-wife and their 16-year-old son in Waterbury.
Sedrick "Ricky" Cobb, sentenced 8/13/1991: Cobb, a former delivery man from Naugatuck, was convicted of capital felony, kidnapping, murder, sexual assault and robbery in the Dec. 16, 1989, attack on 23-year-old Julia Ashe of Watertown.
Russell Peeler Jr., sentenced 12/10/2007: Peeler was convicted of ordering the 1999 killing of 8-year-old Leroy "B.J." Brown Jr. and his mother, Karen Clarke, in their Bridgeport duplex. The boy was expected to be the key witness against Peeler in the fatal shooting of Clarke's boyfriend.
Richard Reynolds, sentenced 4/13/1995: A Brooklyn, N.Y., crack dealer, Reynolds was convicted in the Dec. 18, 1992, murder of Waterbury police Officer Walter T. Williams.
Daniel Webb, sentenced 9/12/1991: Webb was convicted of kidnapping and murder for the 1989 slaying in Hartford of Diane Gellenbeck, a 37-year-old Connecticut National Bank vice president.
Eduardo Santiago, sentenced 1/31/2005: Santiago was convicted on capital felony and murder charges after shooting Joseph Niwinksi in the left temple as he slept in his apartment. Prosecutors say he carried out the murder-for-hire scheme in exchange for a snowmobile.
Todd Rizzo, sentenced 6/23/2005: Rizzo confessed was convicted in the 1997 murder of 13-year-old Stanley Edwards pf Waterbury. He lured Edwards into his backyard under the guise of hunting snakes, and then hit him 13 times with a 3-pound sledgehammer.
Lazale Ashby, sentenced 3/28/2008: Ashby was convicted of raping and murdering his 21-year-old neighbor, Elizabeth Garcia, in her apartment on Dec. 2, 2002. The crime occurred four days after his 18th birthday.
With the stroke of his pen, Malloy has just declared that the lives of every gallows bird in Connecticut is worth more than the lives of its citizens.
In the name of justice, one of the Ten Commandments needs revision.
Belligerent little Marxist and his brain dead ‘progressive’ legislators are passing more terrible legislation than has been seen in 25 years. Anyone with any sense is planning to move out of state.
I currently live in CT. Luckily I live near the MA border where I can buy cheaper gas (high $3.80 vs over $4.10), bottled water with out a deposit, etc. while moving options are considered. Local and chain business get more of my money in MA than CT.
Malloy wants all those lucrative federal Obagrants to build large prisons or criminal retirement homes, to house all of those lifer murderers and gain a little vigorish for his campaign coffers from his Crooked Connecticut Construction Connection.
The pool table supply contracts alone will net Malloy millions.
“moving toward what I believe is better public policy....”
Yeah, sticking the Connecticut taxpayers with the cost of housing, feeding and entertaining convicted murderers for the next 40 years or so at $60,000+ per year.
Why is it considered more humane to confine a man to an iron box until he stops breathing, rather than simply putting him to death??
I have asked several libs I know that question. They can never answer it.
Yup. I’m doing the same thing when able.. 20 miles south of the line. Malloy is guaranteed taking orders as he ladder climes his way into the Marxist hierarchy.
A justice system without the death penalty is a mere pretense.
It is barbarism.
I am perfectly fine with this bill. If that’s how Connecticut wants to do things, then brilliant. That’s exactly how the separate states were intended to function.
I suggest New Hampshire.That's gonna be my home very soon.No income tax,no sales tax and the southeastern part of the state (Nashua,Salem,etc) is just a not-that-distant suburb of Boston.Of course if you're a Yankees/Mets/Giants/Jets/Rangers fan you're gonna have to change your allegiances! ;-)
Actually the commandment states “thou thall not murder”, not the commonly held belief that “thou thall not kill.”
There are some excellent scholalarly articles on that subject.
I hate my state.
Michigan has never had the death penalty. That might explain some of the crimes here.
“I hate my state.”
Ct went straight to hell the day Lowell Weicker imposed the income tax in the dark of night. I stood outside the state house with 50,000 others screaming F U!
The other 49,999 now live in Fla as will I soon.
I predict the number of heinous murders will go up in Connecticut.
I’ll never forget someone saying they heard some murderous scumbag boast before a crime spree, “they don’t kill ‘em in New Jersey!” (or whatever state it was).
Enjoy your higher murder rate, Connecticut....because that is the environment you’ve created.
States without the death penalty have lower murder rates than states with.
If you live in a state where serious crime rarely happens.. you are far more likely to be against serious punishment. But when you are afraid to leave your home for fear of being murdered... you tend to embrace capital punishment.
Capital punishment is justice, nothing more or less.