State House Votes To Abolish Death Penalty

Full story: Hartford Courant

The state House of Representatives voted to abolish the death penalty on Wednesday - the fourth anniversary of the execution of serial killer Michael Ross - and instead impose life in prison without the possibility of release.

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steve01

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It's always these coddled overly religious politicians who have grown up in perfect little towns where all the people are the same who say no to the death penalty. They just don't get it!
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As a conservative who is also Catholic, I am not a big fan of the death penalty, so I can't say I'm sorry to see it go. I believe in the sanctity of life. In tis case, I applaud the state Democrats for protecting the sanctity of life, even when the person in question has done something terrible.

Here is where the liberals lose me, and where they go off the deep end, and where they abandon all logic. If you're telling me that the 2 guys who wiped out the Petit family in Cheshire deserve to live, how do you not offer that same protection to an unborn baby, who by definition has not had a chance to hurt anybody?

Osama Bin Laden deserves to live, but not an unborn baby? How can any sane person say that out loud with a straight face?

There is zero logic, and I mean ZERO LOGIC, that can defend being against the death penalty but pro-abortion. It's absolutely indefensible.
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Joe wrote:
Stop this deterrent crap please
The issue is that if prison life was horrific there would be no reason for the death penalty. These people live better than most homeless people. Make prison for death penalty people like a North Korean work camp or a Soviet gulag and you wouldnt need the death penalty. People want the death penalty because prison although not a place I would want to be, is not what it could be due to ACLU law suits for prisoner rights.
The ACLU what a joke. They stand for everything BUT Americans
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How about all you "right-to-lifers"? If you think abortion is murder, so is a state imposed death penalty.

And, I don't see any discussion about the real possibility of executing an innocent person. This has clearly been an issue around the country. The US is the only country in the developed world that legalizes execution.
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This same committee tried to regulate the catholic church. Now they decide to abolish the death penalty? Why do we vote for these people? Do you see the trend here...they are bought and paid for by special interests, we do not matter, it's about their ultra left wings agenda that's absent from any common sense.
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Revenge murder sanctioned by state law is wrong. Life without parole has always seemed a more severe punishment than death. This was a good vote! I hope the senate and governor follow suit.
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I second. Moral decay, family values trashed, individual responsibility out the window. Goal for Liberals, make people dependant on government, make everyone mediocre to create a balance.
Cosby for President wrote:
<quoted text>You are absolutely right. The screaming liberals in this country are the direct cause of the moral decay that rips at the very fiber of what once was a great country. If you are 100% sure the crime has been commited like in the Cheshire home invasion, burn them and right away!!!!
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A fetus is innocent. Adults who murder other's are not.
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How about all you "right-to-lifers"? If you think abortion is murder, so is a state imposed death penalty.
And, I don't see any discussion about the real possibility of executing an innocent person. This has clearly been an issue around the country. The US is the only country in the developed world that legalizes execution.
What Losers we elect

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How about getting down to some real business? Like the budget, cutting your ridiculous health care benefits, working to make CT more hospitable to business? I'd love to see how these liberal losers who voted against the death penalty would vote if one of those animals on death row had killed one of their own? What a disgusting legislature we have....
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Get rid of the death penalty, are you kidding me!!! We need to use it daily for all the wakos out there. Murders and Child molester should be lined up first. I am not wasting a penny on Rehabilitation on that person. Its very simple right from wrong. And for the person who tells me "what if that person is your family member" I will answer "he/she should have none better"
Shame on Mike Lawlor

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Your liberal agenda of anti law enforcement and pro criminal rights, your ignoring immigration laws and being pro illegal alien, and your radical homosexual agenda is disgraceful. Your leadership has led the state to the brink of financial and moral bankruptcy. How the people of east Haven can keep reelecting this man is scary. We are now on the front lines of Moonbat country.
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Get rid of the death penalty, are you kidding me!!! We need to use it daily for all the wakos out there. Murders and Child molester should be lined up first. I am not wasting a penny on Rehabilitation on that person. Its very simple right from wrong. And for the person who tells me "what if that person is your family member" I will answer "he/she should have known better"
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It just seems to me that if:

a. Being dead is not a punishment, unless you believe all of our ancestors are undergoing some sort of eternal torment;

b. The process of execution is not allowed to be punishing – the Supreme Court has ruled as much. Execution these days must be painless, sanitary, and “humane”;

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c. The only opportunity left for real punishment is within the prison walls – by putting the offender in prison for the rest of his life, with no hope of release.

Whether we have capital punishment or life without parole, the real sentence is the same: imprisonment until death. The only issues are when and how the person dies.

I say let them die a slow death after a long worthless life in prison. Now THAT is a real punishment.
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What a slap in the face to Dr. Petit and his and his wife's family. First the Cheshire cops wasted valuable time, questioning the bank employees and then sitting out in front of the house, while these men were raping,torturing and murdering a disabled mom and her two teen daughters and setting the girls on fire. I am so sorry Dr. Petit, even if it doesn't bring back your family, you deserve to see some amount of justice. My heart just breaks for you and I hope you know, that most people in Ct. are so disgusted with our punishment system. Shame on those who let these horrible people live on in peace. What they should be doing instead is changing the law, so these rats don't hang around for 10, 20 and 30 years, eating up our tax money with housing, food medical care, free attorneys and so much more. And then being released at some point to do more hurtful things to others.
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These "lifers" will someday end up on some MSNBC special on prison life. They'll be groomed, well fed, have good health care, they'll play some hoop, read alot in the prison law library so they can bring frivolous law suits against people, watch the latest episodes of Family Guy, have some laughs with their new friends etc etc.

I can understand the religious aspects of not being for the death penalty. I can understand that the death penalty is not a deterrent. What I cant understand is you people that think that for heinous, vicious, and depraved murder, that the result now of life in prison is enough punishment and the right thing to do? I really think its because you lack knowledge on what will go on now the rest of their lives. Look at the outrage at that Sheriff in Arizona that houses prisoners in tents and gives them baloney sandwiches to eat. These people live better than our soldiers overseas defending this country, and these people live in alot worse conditions than the prisoners in CT prisons.

Make a special small hell prison for murders and child rapists, raise my taxes to pay for it, tell the ACLU to stick it, and I'll be good with that. Bring back the chain gang and have these people pound rocks all day long and I'd be good with that.
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Just keep voting, these, left-winged Lawyers in to office, what do you expect to get in return.....Logic....not a chance
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Bede wrote:
In these kinds of debates, there is almost always at least one death penalty supporter who says something like "this isn't about vengeance, it's about justice," and then doesn't bother to explain. It seems to me that "justice" and "vengeance" have the same meaning in this context, i.e., you kill, we kill you.
Am I missing something, or is this just another example of PC word choice?
The problem with your "you kill, we kill you" "vengence" analogy is that society doesn't "kill" it executes unlike the killer who "kills." Did the killer subject his victim to: marandizing, government-supplied legal council, trial by peers, DNA analysis, the right to face and challenge accusers, consider leniency before sentencing, automatic death sentence appeal, twenty years of repeated appeals some to the Supreme Court and interviews on 60 Minutes, Dateline, 48 Hours portraying the convicted as a victim of the justice system, etc? I doubt it. Justice is the process which the murder victim never receives but the murder does.
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Concerned Citizen wrote:
What a slap in the face to Dr. Petit and his and his wife's family. First the Cheshire cops wasted valuable time, questioning the bank employees and then sitting out in front of the house, while these men were raping,torturing and murdering a disabled mom and her two teen daughters and setting the girls on fire. I am so sorry Dr. Petit, even if it doesn't bring back your family, you deserve to see some amount of justice. My heart just breaks for you and I hope you know, that most people in Ct. are so disgusted with our punishment system. Shame on those who let these horrible people live on in peace. What they should be doing instead is changing the law, so these rats don't hang around for 10, 20 and 30 years, eating up our tax money with housing, food medical care, free attorneys and so much more. And then being released at some point to do more hurtful things to others.
Very well stated. When people murder they have served notice to society they have open contempt for the value of human life. They have forfeited there own. Those men are violent sick mutants and need to die.
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(Gen 9:6 [KJV])
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
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Another liberal agenda item passed-for the guilty instead of the families of the slain-Coupled with the Sanctuary City acts -I do believe the regular citizen will be less safe-just another reason to leave this State and let it drown in taxes feeding these non human killers.Before we know it-we will start to parol the killers because we don't have the room-a typical result from the Democrats and their screwed up reasoning.

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