April 12th, 2012
01:26 AM ET

Connecticut lawmakers vote to repeal death penalty

Connecticut's governor says he will sign a bill abolishing the death penalty, making it the 17th state to abandon capital punishment.

On Wednesday night, lawmakers in Connecticut's House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 86-63. The state Senate approved it last week.

"I'm pleased the House passed the bill, and when it gets to my desk I will sign it," said Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat. "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."

Malloy did not say when his office will receive the bill.

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  1. Superman

    Mixed feelings on this one

    April 12, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. AMERICA 1st

    By repealing the death penalty, that means more of the taxpayers money will be spent to maintain the criminals that kill people. The death penalty should be a federal law for every criminal that deliberately kills someone!

    April 12, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Popeye

    What ever happened to " a eye for a eye & a tooth for a tooth ."

    April 12, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Popeye

    Ought to let convicted killers swing from a rope in the courtyard square for all to see ! Just saying....

    April 12, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Andreas Moser

    Death to the death penalty!

    April 12, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Popeye

      Why so we the tax payer can house , feed , and provide recreational activities for them ?

      April 12, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Andreas Moser

      How much taxes do you pay in Connecticut?

      April 12, 2012 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Popeye

      If the said person is in a federal prison we all pay for it , if you pay federal taxes that is ! So technically the state taxes are of no relevance .

      April 12, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. AMERICA 1st

    Anybody thats against the death penalty has got to a loonytoon nut case!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Death by Cancer penalty

    ...was just thinking. We hear many reports of people diagnosed with cancer who eventually die, and die "from cancer". Now, as we all know, most people in the world do not have access to cancer screening. Surely there must be millions and millions of people who die from cancer yet were never officially diagnosed by an M.D. as having cancer. Soooo, where are they? The only dead ones hear about are the ones who lost their battle with cancer. What of the ones who never knew there was even a fight going on and yet still die of cancer? There should literally be 10s of millions of them! But there aren't. (raised eyebrows)

    April 12, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @Popeye. You ignore the fact that private citizens invest and earn profits off of prisons. Not to mention the fact, that even though the first one was built a decade ago to the protest of local citizens (first Homeland security Prison built in Tacoma) there are now roughly 160 Homeland Security Prisons. Congress funded their construction right after 9/11 "to house the thousands of terrorists" that were sure to be arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to prison. But alas, who resides behind those walls? Think 'Fatherland Security Prisons' aka concentration camps for those who oppose.

    April 12, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Popeye

      @Philip I'm not talking about the concentration camps we have to look Foward to . I was responding to Mr. Moser !

      April 12, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @America 1st. We aren't against the death penalty. We are against the death penalty being used as a club in the hand of a war mongering neanderthal. We are against the death penalty being weilded by a judge who plays with himself as the trial is going on...by the man who uses our death sentence on a well known suspect even before the trial begins. Get that straight.

    April 12, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Oscar Schindler (think 'list')

    How many nazi concentration camps had been built and were fully functioning before the average German citizen knew of them?
    "Everyone knew about the camps."-Oscar Shindler of 'Shidler's List' fame.

    April 12, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Waffen US

    Not long after 9/11, Congress voted-in the largest increase in prison funding in US history! while reducing education funding to an all-time low. Why? Our nationwide crime rate was FLAT! We citizens were behaving as well as we ever had! Why the huge increase, we asked. "To house the tens of thousands of terrorists that we are going to go after" was the response. Hark! Who resides behind our 160 Homeland Security Prison walls? I myself would be a prime candidate for incarceration had I turned out to be a rich and powerful man with my same point of view.

    April 12, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Bogus Boggs

      Dude, you are TRULY clueless.
      Crawl back under your rock....

      April 13, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |

    Let the b@st@rds fry!

    Who doesn't like a nice summer BBQ?

    April 12, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Ok, Popeye. Strain that gnat. Milk that little sucker for all it's worth. And, you are aware? (of, say, the similarities between how the nazi waffen SS grew in ranks and centralized their position OVER German citizens just as our own CIA has moved to Denver, CO. IN 2006 even. Kinda snuck into town years ago and still nobody knows they're here. CNN is even afraid to look)

    April 12, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    @Popeye...as in, say, how Hitler said he needed Germany's Reichstag (like our congress) to fund the construction of concentration camps to house the thousands of terrorists that burned down the reichstag building. Few German citizens would have backed Hitler if not for being afraid of the "terrorists" that mysteriously burned-down the Reichstag. A crime, like 9/11, that has never been resolved in a court of law.

    April 12, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Popeye

      I agree , but I can't fully state what I think this countries direction is ! And yes I see the similarities of this country compared to pre WW11 Germany .

      April 13, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chrissy™

    Good. No civilized people need the death penalty.

    April 12, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
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