In a highly-watched decision yesterday, the justices upheld Addison’s conviction of “capital murder” for killing a police officer. But the court said at a later date would it rule on Addison’s death sentence itself. We’ll look at this decision and its possible ramifications.
John Greabe – professor at UNH School of Law, specializing in constitutional law
On Wednesday, the New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Michael Addison. Four years ago, a jury found Addison guilty of first degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs. The jury then sentenced Addison to death.
Addison’s lawyers have appealed to the state Supreme Court, and the court will hear a full day of arguments beginning at nine this morning.
Court proceedings wrapped up recently in the state’s only Capital Punishment case, meanwhile a new Governor and Legislature could re-examine our death penalty statute. We’ll find out how Granite Staters on both sides of this argument might be gearing up for another look at death sentencing.