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New Hampshire Senate overrides veto to abolish death penalty

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/30/19, 12:39 pm

The New Hampshire state Senate Thursday abolished the death penalty in the state, overriding the governor’s veto in a 16-8 vote, exactly the two-thirds needed. The 400-member state House of Representatives last week had just enough votes to override Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto.

New Hampshire’s death penalty only applied in cases of killing an on-duty law enforcement officer or a judge, murder for hire, murder during a rape, certain drug offenses, or home invasion and murder by someone serving a life sentence without parole. The state has not executed anyone in 80 years and only has one inmate on death row. The repeal does not apply retroactively to Michael Addison, who was sentenced to death for killing a police officer, though some argue his sentence will be transitioned to life in prison.

Twelve Democrats and four Republicans in the Senate voted to end capital punishment, while six Republicans and two Democrats voted to maintain it. Thirty states allow the death penalty, but governors in four of the states have issued moratoriums on the practice. Twenty states have abolished or overturned capital punishment.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • Narissara
    Posted: Fri, 05/31/2019 08:43 am

    “Execute justice, not people.”  That’s the mantra.  Babies are being executed by the thousands for the crime of being inconvenient.  Where’s the justice in that?  

  • Narissara
    Posted: Fri, 05/31/2019 08:55 am

    At my state level, I’ve repeatedly seen the same legislators who support a repeal of the death penalty also oppose pro-life measures to protect the unborn.  I honestly think what’s at the back of their thinking is a naturalistic view that says we cease to exist at death — that executing a criminals would be putting them out of their misery, letting them off easy, and that rotting in prison is actually a more fitting and worse punishment.  The next natural step would be to start opposing prison ministries as unconstitutional, depriving these people of any hope of hearing the gospel and an opportunity to repent before it’s too late.  

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Fri, 05/31/2019 06:04 pm

    Yep, these people kill the innocent and free the guilty.