Death Penalty Survives Conn. House Vote


The Connecticut House of Representatives rejected a proposal Wednesday to abolish the death penalty and spare the lives of seven people on that state’s death row, reports the Hartford Courant. By an 89-60 vote, the House defeated a bill that would have made what are now capital crimes punishable by life in prison without possibility of release.

The vote underlined a sharp partisan divide on capital punishment that could reverberate in the 2006 elections for governor and the General Assembly. The 52-member Republican minority strongly embraced the death penalty, voting 48-4 against repeal, while the Democratic majority split 56-41 for abolition.


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