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NH News
5:49 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

12-12 Senate Deadlock Preserves Death Penalty

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Michael Briggs, the Manchester Police officer shot in the line of duty in 2006, and his killer, Michael Addison, who now sits on death row, both loomed large in the debate.

An indication of how large could be seen in the front row of the senate gallery.

That’s where Manchester police officials, including the chief and he lead investigator of the Briggs muder stood in full uniform the whole time. 15 feet down in the senate floor Michael Briggs name came up almost immediately – by people on both sides of the issue.

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NH News
11:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

N.H. Senate Votes To Leave Death Penalty Intact

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New Hampshire's Senate has voted to leave intact the state's centuries-old death penalty.

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NH News
11:33 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Death Penalty Repeal To Be Decided By N.H. Senate

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An intense campaign to repeal New Hampshire's death penalty comes down to the wire with a vote by the full Senate.

The House last month voted in favor of repeal 225-104. Gov. Maggie Hassan said she would sign the measure into law.

Those on both sides of the issue say Thursday's vote is too close to call in the Republican-controlled Senate.

This marks the closest the state has come to repealing its centuries-old death penalty since 2000 — when the bill passed both chambers but was vetoed by then Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat.

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NH News
8:29 am
Mon April 14, 2014

As Senate Takes Up Death Penalty, Committee Vote Could Be Key

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Senate lawmakers are set to take up a bill this week that would repeal the state’s death penalty.

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NH News
3:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Committee Backs Death Penalty Repeal On Revote

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The 3-2 margin came two days after an initial vote ended in a tie

The revote was requested by  Senator Donna Soucy (D-Manchester).

Soucy's district was where N.H.’s lone death row inmate, Michael Addison, committed the crime that persuaded a jury to sentence him to death -- the 2006 shooting of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.

Soucy says given that, and the importance of the issue, she didn’t want to give the impression she might have been dodging it.

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NH News
4:17 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Former Chief Justice Says N.H. Should Repeal Death Penalty

Former N.H. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, appearing on The Exchange in 2010
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Former Supreme Court Chief Justice and current UNH Law School Dean, John Broderick told lawmakers that  NH is better than countries like Iran, Iraq, North Korea, where the death penalty is used.

Broderick said anyone who's spent time in a prison knows it's a hopeless and demeaning place, and asked lawmakers to consider what it would be like to by laying on a gurney,  a lethal injection headed your way, knowing you were innocent.

Broderick stressed mistakes can happen.

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NH News
11:18 am
Thu April 3, 2014

N.H. Corrections Chief: Preparations For Addison Execution Underway

The state’s Corrections Commissioner says his department is preparing to carry out the state’s first execution in more than 70 years.

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On the Political Front
9:20 am
Mon March 31, 2014

On The Political Front For March 31

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On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers speaks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the state Senate considering a bill to repeal New Hampshire's death penalty.

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NH News
4:03 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

House Votes Strongly For Death Penalty Repeal

The House of Representatives has voted 225-104 to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty.

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NH News
9:06 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Death Penalty Repeal Goes Before N.H. House This Week

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House lawmakers are set to take up a bill this week that would repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Another Look At The Death Penalty

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The legislature is again considering a repeal of the state’s capital punishment statute. While supporters say that their cause has gained momentum over recent years, others argue that the death penalty still plays an important role in state’s justice system.

GUESTS:

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NH News
5:10 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Two Former N.H. AGs Back Death Penalty Repeal

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Former Attorney Generals Phil McLaughlin and Greg Smith both told the House Criminal Justice Committee they’d prosecuted dozens of murders in their careers, and had they’ve come to believe the death penalty is wrong.

McLaughlin said the very rarity of capital punishment in N.H. is an argument for its basic unfairness.

"If punishment supposed to be neither cruel nor unusual, how do you take 1 in a 1000 over 75 years and persuade people that’s not unusual?"

Greg Smith went even further.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

On The Political Front For January 13

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This week, the legislature returns and hears new bills. Up before the Senate judiciary committee are a proposal to establish domestic violence as a separate crime and one requiring certain persons with mental illness to be barred from owning guns and placed on a federal registry. On Thursday, the House holds its first hearing on a bill to repeal the death penalty.

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NH News
1:52 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Says She's Confident Supreme Court Will Uphold Death Sentence

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she’s pleased with the state Supreme Court's ruling this week to uphold the conviction of Michael Addison

Addison was found guilty and sentenced to death for shooting and killing Manchester police officer Michael Briggs in 2006.

As attorney general, Kelly Ayotte was the lead prosecutor in the Addison case and she featured her role in her 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Ayotte says she expects the court will uphold Addison’s death sentence.

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All Things Considered
5:14 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

High Court Will Compare Addison Death Penalty To "Similar Cases"

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the case of the only man on death row in the state - Michael Addison, who was convicted in 2008 of capital murder for shooting and killing Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs.

To explain the ruling we turn to Buzz Scherr, law professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.  He speaks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

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