US state of Connecticut overturns death penalty

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NEW YORK: The highest court in Connecticut overturned the death penalty as unconstitutional on Thursday, saving 11 prisoners on death row from execution in the northeastern US state. Connecticut abolished capital punishment in 2012 for future crimes, but repeals were not retroactive, meaning that prisoners on death row for pre-existing convictions remained there. The Connecticut Supreme Court issued the 92-page ruling in response to an appeal from convicted murderer Eduardo Santiago, who was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 2005. “We are persuaded that… this state’s death penalty no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency and no longer serves any legitimate penological purpose,” it said. “For these reasons, execution of those offenders who committed capital felonies prior to April 25, 2012, would violate the state constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.”

AFP

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