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With Death Penalty Abolished, Death Row Inmates Questioning Why They Still Face Death
The Hartford Courant - June, 4 2012
The legislative repeal of Connecticut's death penalty is reverberating through the judicial system, including in an appeal brought by a death row inmate that the state Supreme Court is expected to rule on in part this week.
A recently filed motion seeks oral arguments and permission from the Supreme Court to file briefs to "address the impact" of the new law on the appeal of convicted killer Eduardo Santiago. The court has not heard those arguments, and it's unclear what effect a decision by the court could have on the new motion.
The repeal, signed into law in April, abolishes the death penalty for future capital crimes committed in Connecticut but allows executions for those who committed capital crimes before the new law was passed.
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