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Connecticut Gives Up on Justice

The Connecticut Senate today voted to give up on justice rather than fix its obstructed system for reviewing capital sentences.  The state has had only one execution in the post-Furman era, a "volunteer."  The Senate was considered the key vote.

My report to the Connecticut General Assembly last year, Mend It, Don't End It, is here.

The people of Connecticut oppose repeal 62-31, according to the Quinnipiac Poll, but the opinions of the great unwashed apparently don't matter to a majority of the Senate.

The repeal is prospective only, so the well-deserved sentences of those presently on death row in Connecticut can, in theory, be carried out.  The murderers will surely make an equal protection challenge, which should be rejected, but we'll see.

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