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February 13, 2017 07:31
Connecticut lawmakers call for restoring Death Penalty

As many states in the country are moving towards eliminating the death penalty and sentencing life imprisonment for the serious law offenders. Three lawmakers from the state of Connecticut are trying to bring the death penalty back to the state Constitution.

Republican Representatives Robert Sampson, Kurt Vail and Kevin Skulczyck have proposed separate bills that would reinstate capital punishment. The death penalty was abolished by the state supreme court in 215.

The decision was sharply divided into 4:3, the majority said that the death penalty did not comport with contemporary standards of decency and no longer serves any legitimate penological purpose.

Sampson disagreed with the majority’s opinion. He has proposed the death penalty each year since 2012, when the lawmakers and the governor approved to eliminate the capital punishment.

That law was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2015, which said it must apply to all death row inmates.

Sampson said that he believes it was a mechanism to deter crime and there are crimes so heinous that criminals deserve the death penalty.

Sampson referred to the 2007 home invasion where two paroled burglar’s murdered a mother and her two daughters in Cheshire, after terrorizing the family for hours.

Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley, died. Hawke-Petit’s husband, Dr. William Petit, was badly wounded but survived.

The two murders were given the death penalty, but later the sentences were changed to life imprisonment without release after the decision of the Supreme Court.

Republican Petit was elected to the state House of Representatives in November last year and he has been criticizing the repeal of the state’s capital punishment. But he also stated that he was not going to join any efforts to reinstate the punishment.

Skulczyck, of Griswold, said that he supports the death penalty for “the most serious murder offenses.”

“A lawless society inspires a lack of respect for authority and devalues human life,” he said in a statement. Vail did not respond to a message seeking comment.

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