Wednesday, 28 March 2007

NH House narrowly rejects death penalty repeal

NH House narrowly rejects death penalty repeal: AP reports here on today's 185-173 vote by the New Hampshire House of Representatives rejecting legislation (HB0607) that would have replaced the state's death penalty with life without parole.
...New Hampshire appears to be a state divided over capital punishment. The statute is narrow and has been applied only once in the last decade. No one has been executed in the state since 1939, no one is on death row and there is no death chamber in which to administer the prescribed lethal injection - or hanging, if injection is not possible.

The Legislature voted to repeal the death penalty in 2000, but then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen vetoed the bill. Lawmakers tried again in 2001, but failed to pass the repeal bill. Another attempt was rejected last year. ...

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