April 5th, 2012
03:09 AM ET

Connecticut Senate votes to do away with death penalty

The Connecticut Senate voted 20-16 early Thursday morning on a bill that would do away with the death penalty and make the state the fifth in five years to abolish capital punishment.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, where it is also expected to pass.

It enjoys majority support in each chamber of the state legislature, which are both Democrat-controlled, and would replace death penalty sentences with life imprisonment.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, has vowed to sign the measure into law should it reach his desk, his office said.

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  1. leeintulsa

    another state civilized. yay!

    April 5, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. murdererinhouston

    I'm moving to Connecticut. Screw this Texas b/s.

    April 5, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      what an awesome example. you wouldn't be a murderer in houston if it was a deterrent.

      and you definitly deserve to toss connecticut salad for the rest of, hopefully, your long, miserable life.

      April 5, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Good.
    Very good.

    April 5, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Superman

    Theres got to be a better way to handle murderers than death doesnt the death penalty advocate murder? In california it seems to, inlong beach 2-3 people get shot every weekand usually die and it just gets more crowded in prisons but executions dont stop the problem

    April 5, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Cali has a whole host of problems, Superman....as I'm sure yopu're aware of. :)

    April 5, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. ♔Mmmmm♕

    good for you connecticut...the likes of hitler, suddam hussein, and osama bin laden would live a life time...

    April 5, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. InCt

    I glad this happened. Not to suggest the death penalty, shouldn't be in place- I think it should. Not to say- some people don't deserve the death penalty because they do. The reason why we can't engaged in this act, is that 'the people who's job it is to impose, and more importantly carry it out – CAN NOT BE TRUSTED'. It's that simple. Does anyone remember the judge in PA, sentence to prison- for sending kids to long prison terms for nothing- while he's taking kickbacks from the privately ran prison systems? Or di dwe forget? Do we think, this is an isolated case? Does underhand how long it took to catch him? How about taking a stab, at how many kids he senenced to prison, for petty crime? Try 4000. This is the instution we are going to allow, to kill at it's whim?

    April 5, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • ♔Mmmmm♕

      with today's lockdown technology a death sentence should be used rarely...on the separate note...it is difficult to hold a corrupt judge accountable...there should be some checks and balances implemented there, until then, it's the voters and those elected to appoint righteous men over these benches. further let us not confuse the issue of a corrupt judge with the convicted innocent...

      April 5, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @inCt....exactly. It's not about wether or not the death penalty is right or wrong. It's about wether or not we have a justice system in place that can execute the right person. Do we have judges and juries honest enough to do this. Do we have prosecuting attorneys and defense attorneys bound by Truth, or bound by furthering their own carreers, for example. (Like the OJ case, where one jury found him innocentof guilt and not owing justice, but another jury found him guilty and so ordered OJ to pay for his dirty deeds with money) Can we even trust ourselves, or should we get more deadbolts for our doors.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    @mmmm: thank you. whether or not the judge is corrupt, the system is imperfect, and our country has ritualisticly murdered the innocent before.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Charlie Manson

    S U C K E R S

    April 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. T'sah From Virginia

    All states should do away with the Death Penalty. How can you "justify" a death with a death and you believe in "thou shall not kill???"" Come on now – And most republicans who think they are more Holier than Thou are wholeheartedly for the death penalty!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    April 6, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |