Will Connecticut abolish the death penalty?

Connecticut’s Senate has voted to abolish the death penalty – it still has to pass the House and the Governor must sign off on the bill, but Gideon at A Public Defender seems confident it will happen.  If he is right, Connecticut brings us a step closer as a nation to ending state sponsored murder.

From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death. For more than 20 years I have endeavored–indeed, I have struggled–along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural and substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor. Rather than continue to coddle the Court’s delusion that the desired level of fairness has been achieved and the need for regulation eviscerated, I feel morally and intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed. It is virtually self evident to me now that no combination of procedural rules or substantive regulations ever can save the death penalty from its inherent constitutional deficiencies. – Justice Blackmun dissent, Callins v. Collins, 510 U.S. 1141 (1994)

In contrast, Gamso continues to chronicle Ohio’s machinery of death.

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