N.H. Supreme Court To Review Fairness Of Addison Death Penalty

Jan 12, 2015

The New Hampshire Supreme Court building in Concord
Credit NHPR Staff

The New Hampshire Supreme Court for the first time will review whether the death sentence given to a man convicted of killing a police officer is fair compared to similar cases nationwide.

This marks the last phase of Michael Addison's direct appeal of his death sentence for the 2006 killing of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.

The high court unanimously upheld Addison's convictions and death sentence in November 2013. That was the first time a death sentence had made it to the court in more than half a century.

But the fairness review the court will undertake Thursday is much broader in scope. It will compare the elements of Addison's crime and his sentence to other death penalty cases involving fatal police shootings.

Related: A timeline of New Hampshire's death penalty history