When it is nothing more than a ratification of the long-existing status quo.
I bring this up because death penalty abolitionists are licking their chops over a vote this week in a committee of the New Hampshire Senate to abolish that state's death penalty. As the Washington Post reports, the vote was 3-2, and the state House of Representatives has already given overwhelming approval to the bill.
It the bill passes the full Senate (which, as the Post notes, is up in the air), abolitionists are certain to start up again with more op-eds about how "the death penalty is dying."
Well, not really. As I have previously noted, among the states that have repealed the death penalty in recent years, it barely existed anyway.
This is especially so in New Hampshire. The fact the Post fails to report is that the Granite State has not executed anyone since 1939.