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With Komisarjevsky Sentence In, State Representatives Move To Abolish Death Penalty

February 22, 2012 by John Rook

Rumors have been circulating for months that members of the Connecticut State Legislature opposed to the death penalty would once again raise the issue.
However, as the trial of convicted killer Joshua Komisarjevsky went on, few were willing to raise the issue.
Now that the trial is over and Komisarjevsky has been sentenced to death, it appears capital punishment will once again be put on the chopping block.
It was expected that members of the State House of Representatives would bring a bill to the Judiciary Committee this afternoon calling for the end of the death penalty here Connecticut. It remains unclear whether the majority of state legislators will sign on to the bill, but last year a similar attempt failed. However, with both Komisarjevsky and his accomplice Steven Hayes, the two men charged in the Cheshire home invasion murders, now on death row, it appears more representatives might be willing to back the measure.
Gov. Dannel Malloy has also indicated he would sign any bill abolishing capital punishment, which stands in stark contrast to his predecessor, former Gov. Jodi Rell, who was a supporter of the death penalty and vetoed a bill calling for the law's end during her time in office.

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