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NEW HAMPSHIRE (USA): SENATE PASSES DEATH-PENALTY REPEAL WITH VETO-PROOF MAJORITY

April 15, 2019:

In a vote death-penalty opponents praised as “historic,” a veto-proof supermajority of the New Hampshire legislature on 11 April 2019 gave final approval to a bill that would repeal the state’s death penalty statute. By a vote of 17-6, the senators voted on April 11, 2019 to end capital prosecutions in the Granite State, exceeding the two-thirds majority necessary to override an anticipated veto by Governor Chris Sununu. In March, the state House of Representatives passed the same abolition bill, HB 455, by a veto-proof 279-88 supermajority. For the second consecutive year, the bill received bipartisan support, including sponsorship by seven Democratic and six Republican sponsors across both legislative houses. Twelve Democratic and five Republican senators voted in favor of repeal. An identical bill to repeal the death penalty passed the legislature in 2018, but was vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu, and an attempt to override the veto fell two votes short in the Senate. The Governor’s office issued a statement after the vote saying that Sununu “continues to stand with crime victims, members of the law enforcement community, and advocates for justice in opposing a repeal of the death penalty.” Repeal advocates quickly responded to that claim, noting that numerous retired prosecutors, members of law enforcement, and relatives of murder victims had testified in favor of repeal. Rep. Renny Cushing (D – Rockingham), whose father and brother-in-law were murdered in two separate incidents, was one of the leading proponents of the bill. Sen. Ruth Ward (R – Stoddard), whose father was killed when she was 7 years old, spoke briefly before casting her vote: “He never saw us grow up. My mother forgave whoever it was, and I will vote in favor of this bill,” she said. The New Hampshire legislative vote reflects emerging bipartisanship in state legislative efforts to repeal the death penalty. “The vote to end New Hampshire’s death penalty included many conservative Republican lawmakers,” said Hannah Cox, national manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. “They join a growing number of GOP state legislators around the country who feel strongly that capital punishment does not comport with their conservative beliefs, such as limited government, fiscal responsibility, and valuing life.” Republican-backed bills to abolish the death penalty or limit its use have been introduced in a number of states this year, including Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Wyoming. The New Hampshire repeal bill applies only to future crimes, and does not address the fate of Michael Addison, the only person on New Hampshire’s death row. No one has been executed in New Hampshire since 1939. If the bill becomes law, New Hampshire will be the 21st state to abolish capital punishment and the ninth in the past 15 years.


 

 

(Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News, Associated Press, 11/04/2019)

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IRAQ HANDS DOWN DEATH PENALTY FOR IS TERRORIST OVER DEADLY CARBOMB BLAST
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IRAQ: IS MEMBER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR INVOLVEMENT IN SNIPER ATTACKS
AFGHANISTAN: TWO SUSPECTS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING JOURNALIST IN KANDAHAR
NIGERIA: THREE POLICEMEN, FOUR OTHERS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KIDNAPPING
EGYPT: TWO REFEREED TO MUFTI FOR DEATH PENALTY OVER HELWAN CHURCH ATTACK
PAKISTAN: TWO TERRORISTS EXECUTED IN SAHIWAL JAIL
IRAN: MAN HANGED FOR DRUG OFFENSES
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BANGLADESH: THREE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING RU TEACHER SHAFIUL
KUWAIT: DUO SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING SHEIKH, 2 OTHERS
GHANA: TWO TO BE HANGED FOR KILLING EX-POLICEMAN
IRAN: MAN HANGED AT GORGAN PRISON

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