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Death penalty repeal again before the House
The House first voted 225-104 in March to pass House Bill 1170. Last month, the Senate split 12-12 on whether the repeal should move forward; that bill was tabled.
Barbara Keshen, chair of the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, said lawmakers should have another opportunity to decide the issue, and replace death by lethal injection or hanging with life without parole.
Law enforcement believes the death penalty is a deterrent and needs to remain in law. Law enforcement and others have argued if the state repeals the death penalty, the state’s lone death row inmate, Michael Addison, would likely have his sentence commuted by a federal court.
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