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With House vote, Malloy to sign death penalty repeal
The CT Mirror ^

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: connecticut; deathpenalty; malloy; petit
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To: y6162

I tell ya I might move to FL when I retire which isn’t that far off.

21 posted on 04/12/2012 3:19:53 PM PDT by McGruff (Don't go wobbly on me now Newt. You're our only hope.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Yes, but it is surprising that CT even had a “death penalty” law in the first place. People there compete with neighboring states to be labled “the most liberal of them all.”

22 posted on 04/12/2012 3:23:08 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Capital punishment is justice, nothing more or less.


24 posted on 04/12/2012 4:16:16 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood)
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To: matt04


25 posted on 04/12/2012 5:03:37 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning against MITT in CT.)
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To: Track9

I’ve met many so called republicans from the north east who have moved out and to their surprise they are stunned to find that most down south consider them as Dems than republicans because of their views of homosexuals, cross dressers etc and their agenda.

It would be nice though if every proper conservative moved out of the north east and the west coast and then moved to the swing states thus making those swing states more conservative, gain more tax money, electoral count etc.

Imagine it 3 million proper conservatives moving out to places like NM, CO, etc leaving their liberal states with less money , less electoral count etc .

26 posted on 04/12/2012 5:14:07 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: McGruff

you think this vote would have been done a week after those two guys broke into the house, and killed most of the family?

I don’t

27 posted on 04/12/2012 5:15:25 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: McGruff

what part because I am here and trust me south of I-4 is like the north east unless you look at the south west part.?

We need all the proper social and fiscal conservative we can get.

I love it here,taxes, gun laws, infact in my county we do not have one county official who is a Dem and is one of the most republican counties in the state.

Course some from up where you are don’t like it here in north east FL because they think the confederate battle flag is bad and they see it every day and my message to them is tough.

28 posted on 04/12/2012 5:18:56 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: Vigilanteman

Bleeding heart liberals. Let their salaries be garnished to pay for the upkeep of the scum who need to be removed from the planet.

29 posted on 04/12/2012 5:21:48 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
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To: matt04
More and more they think they're smarter than God.

Genesis 9

Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.

Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.

Not optional. Never revised or rescinded. An imperative command given to all mankind.

30 posted on 04/12/2012 5:28:09 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (You can be a Romney Republican or you can be a conservative. You can't be both. Pick one.)
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To: matt04

With the nihilistic scream of the Marxist Zealot, Connecticut bellows,

“There is nothing whatsoever that we value.”

31 posted on 04/12/2012 6:17:48 PM PDT by ct_libertarian (W.W.J.G.D? What would John Galt do?)
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To: Publius Valerius

I found a “violent crime” ranking from the census bureau.

Michigan ranks 10th.
Rhode Island 44th.
Wisconsin 32nd.
Maine 50th.
Minnesota 30th.
Massachusetts 20th.
Alaska 6th.
Hawaii 36th.
Vermont 48th.
West Virgina 39th.
Iowa 33rd.
D.C., if it were a state, would be #1.
North Dakota is 49th.
New York is 22nd.
New Jersey is 26th.
New Mexico is 9th.
Illinois is 13th.


I haven’t done thorough analysis, but I can offer some thoughts on at least SOME of these states and why they may have a lower “violent crime” rate...and it really doesn’t have much to do with the absence of a death penalty.

Michigan, Illinois and Massachusetts have HUGE metropolitan areas in Detroit, Chicago and Boston. Those places typically have more violent crime than rural places...thus their higher rankings. D.C. is its own cesspool.

I must admit a couple of quandries...Alaska and New Mexico seem strangely high. My guess is that much of the violent crime there is committed by native populations (Eskimos/Indians?)...but that is only a guess.

The rest of the states, generally speaking, are far north states with low populations that typically ALREADY DON’T have high crime rates. Passing a “no death penalty” in these places would be kind of like saying a “no smoking” policy at an Iron Lung Ward is responsible for the low cancer rate among the residents. :)

Just my thoughts.

32 posted on 04/12/2012 6:36:37 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: matt04; Track9

Damn. How messed up does a state have to be to make Massachusetts an improvement?

33 posted on 04/12/2012 9:33:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Vigilanteman

>> With the stroke of his pen,

Would he object to having that pen jammed into the skull of a fetus — ya’ know, to perform a legal abortion by a legal abortionist?

34 posted on 04/12/2012 10:13:07 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: OldNavyVet

Dennis Prager maintained that that commandment is incorrectly translated from ancient Hebrew. It should read, “Thou shalt not Murder”, which is a very different thing.

35 posted on 04/13/2012 12:36:45 AM PDT by Crucial
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To: manc

I know what you mean about east coast republicans. Now imagine moving from rural Colorado to Connecticut. The simple average people you met at the post office knew more of what was going on then ten of these ‘sophisticated’ types getting out of 50K dollars cars here in CT.

36 posted on 04/13/2012 5:36:17 AM PDT by Track9 ("Strength through peace.. oh wait, I mean.." Mit Romney)
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To: Slings and Arrows

And if you can believe it, it’s quickly getting worse.

37 posted on 04/13/2012 5:37:45 AM PDT by Track9 ("Strength through peace.. oh wait, I mean.." Mit Romney)
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To: Elpasser

“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??”

Well said.

Where’s the justice for the victims when those POS’s get 3 squares a meal and get basic cable for the rest of their lives? In modern America, that’s already the norm.

38 posted on 04/13/2012 7:28:50 AM PDT by max americana
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To: manc
Pennsylvania is only a quasi northeastern state. Here in the SW part of PA, we think very much like our conservative bothers and sisters in the midwest, south and Rocky Mountain states. Hell, we're second only to Texas in the number of gun owners.

Move over to the Philadelphia suburbs and the average GOP voter is not all that different from their counterparts near Boston.

So northeastern conservatives not inclined to make a long distant move need only come to Pennsylvania.

40 posted on 04/13/2012 8:10:34 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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