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Local lawmaker calls for legislation to fix prospective repeal of death penalty

A member of the legislature's Judiciary Committee is asking the group's leaders to propose legislation to fix the prospective repeal of the state's death penalty.  Danbury Senator Mike McLachlan, who voted against repeal of the death penalty in 2012, says the legislature and the Governor had no intention of sparing the lives of those already on death row. 

 

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled recently that the death penalty was unconstitutional.  Prosecutors are expected to argue against the August decision Thursday, when the High Court hears the appeal of Russel Peeler Jr, who was sentenced to death for the 1999 killing of a woman and her 8-year old son.

 

McLachlan says the Court indicated a legislative fix could address the problem.

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