Connecticut governor signs law repealing death penalty
Hartford, Conn., USA

Wed Apr 25, 2:23 p.m. EDT: +NBC Connecticut reports that the U.S. state of Connecticut no longer has a death penalty, effective today.

Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the bill that lawmakers recently passed. Malloy said one factor that led him to sign the bill was the "unworkability" of Connecticut’s death penalty law.

"In the last 52 years, only 2 people have been put to death in Connecticut – and both of them volunteered for it," Malloy said in a statement. "Instead, the people of this state pay for appeal after appeal, and then watch time and again as defendants are marched in front of the cameras, giving them a platform of public attention they don’t deserve. It is sordid attention that rips open never-quite-healed wounds. The 11 men currently on death row in Connecticut are far more likely to die of old age than they are to be put to death."

The bill affects only future sentences and not the 11 men currently on death row, including Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, who were recently sentenced to death for killing a mother and two daughters in a gruesome home invasion in Cheshire.

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Image: On Wednesday night, the State House of Representatives debated repealing the death penalty for future convictions in Connecticut and voted in favor, 86-62. (Doug Greene, +NBC Connecticut)


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