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Judge Napolitano on Connecticut’s Approval of the Repeal of the Death Penalty

There has been a new shift in the legal landscape in Connecticut. The legislature there is now trying to abolish the death penalty. The governor of Connecticut is expected to sign the bill sometime next week. This will make it the 17th state to ban the death penalty. Lawmakers are now saying that it will not affect the 11 men currently on death row in that state, including the two men, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, convicted of killing Dr. William Petit’s family in a Connecticut home invasion.

Judge Napolitano explained to Jenna Lee that since Governor Dannel Malloy plans to sign this legislature, the death penalty will be against public policy and against the law in the state of Connecticut, therefore, they cannot apply this death penalty to those who have already been sentenced to death.

“If they want the 11 people on death row to be executed, they will need to delay making the death penalty illegal in Connecticut until after those executions.” He went on to say that the Supreme Court of the United States says that if the death penalty is either found unlawful or against public policy, then it can’t be used retroactively.

If Connecticut was to delay the process, Napolitano said it would take about five years to get the 11 convicted to see their way to the expected death row sentence. He added that if Connecticut goes through with this it will be creating a problem for itself if it invalidates the death penalty, but says you can use it on these 11 people.

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