death penalty

All Things Considered
5:56 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Amid A Changing Debate, New Hampshire Lawmakers Keep Death Penalty In 2014

This week All Things Considered is looking at the key bills at the statehouse this year – which passed, which didn’t, and why.

Proponents of repealing New Hampshire's death penalty law had new allies this year, including Governor Maggie Hassan, who promised to sign a repeal measure as long as it didn't affect the sentence of Michael Addison, the state's lone death row inmate.

The State House approved a repeal measure, but the Senate deadlocked 12-12 over the bill and ultimately laid it on the table.

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NH News
11:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Senate Rejects Second Bid At Repealing N.H.'s Death Penalty

The state Senate has again rejected a proposal to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty.

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NH News
7:08 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Despite Loss Of Key Supporter, N.H. Senate Takes Second Vote On Death Penalty Repeal

The Senate is voting for the second time whether to repeal New Hampshire's death penalty, but the loss of a key supporter may doom the bill.

Sen. Bob Odell, who had voted for repeal, says he won't vote to take up the issue again.

The first bill stalled in the Senate on a 12-12 vote last month. The House then passed a second bill repealing capital punishment which the Senate is scheduled to vote on on Thursday.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Statehouse Updates: N.H. Death Penalty Repeal & Abortion Buffer Zone

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N.H.'s Death Penalty Faces a Last Repeal Attempt for the Year

Although the matter seemed settled for the year after the State Senate tabled a repeal bill, longtime opponents of capital punishment in the House are making one last attempt. 

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Newscast
3:23 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

N.H. House Tries Again For Death Penalty Repeal, Loses Senate Supporter

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New Hampshire's House has twice passed legislation to repeal the death penalty with the governor's blessing, but the second attempt has cost them a key supporter in the Senate.   Republican Sen. Bob Odell, who voted for repeal, said Friday that he won't vote to take up the issue again.  The first bill stalled in the Senate on a 12-12 vote last month, but supporters may have overplayed their hand by sending a second bill to the Senate for a vote Thursday. The Senate has the option of passing the amended bill, killing it or asking the House to compromise.

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NH News
3:36 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

House Approves Second Attempt At Repealing N.H.'s Death Penalty

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For the second time this year, House lawmakers have sent a proposal to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty to the state Senate.

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NH News
6:58 am
Mon May 12, 2014

N.H. House Voting Again On Bid To Repeal Death Penalty

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A month after the Senate voted to leave New Hampshire's death penalty on the books, the House plans to vote again on whether to repeal capital punishment.

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On the Political Front
9:01 am
Mon April 21, 2014

On The Political Front For April 21

On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the fallout from last week's Senate vote on the death penalty repeal.

They also talk about Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein's stance on political issues and what's coming up at the Statehouse this week.

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Politics
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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