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New Hampshire Senate kills death penalty repeal
On a voice vote, the Senate refused to go along with the House and killed Senate Bill 202, which contained the death penalty repeal language from House Bill 1170, which remains on the table in the Senate after members deadlocked 12-12.
Repeal supporters say lawmakers need another opportunity to vote on the issue after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma, when the lethal injection process went awry leaving him alive until he died later from a massive heart attack.
Senators did not and killed the bill on a voice vote.
Law enforcement argued repealing the death penalty would likely lead to a federal court commuting the death sentence of the state’s lone death row inmate, Michael Addison.
After the Senate action, repeal supporters said they were disappointed by the Senate’s action but vowed to seek repeal in future legislative sessions.
“I was approached by previous repeal opponents in the House saying that recent events had changed their minds,” said Cushing, a long-time repeal advocate. “Given time and increased exposure to the deep flaws in the death penalty system, I believe more legislators will come to oppose the death penalty.”
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