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NH News
11:04 am
Mon January 12, 2015

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

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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.

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

On The Political Front For March 31

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.

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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

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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The Exchange
3:25 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Infographic: N.H.'s Death Penalty History

In light of today's State Supreme Court ruling on the Addison case, here is an abbreviated timeline of the history of New Hampshire's death penalty.

The Exchange
3:08 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

N.H.’s Supreme Court Ruling On The Michael Addison Case

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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.

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  • John Greabe – professor at UNH School of Law, specializing in constitutional law
  • Josh Rogers - NHPR's senior political reporter

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NH News
2:44 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

State Supreme Court To Release Ruling Wednesday In Death Penalty Case

The state Supreme Court is set to release its ruling Wednesday in the case of Michael Addison, who was convicted and sentenced to death in 2008 for killing Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs.

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NH News
4:18 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Anti-Death Penalty Group Launches Repeal Effort

The Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty includes, liberals and conservatives, N.H.’s Catholic and Episcopal bishops, as well as the former Chief Justice of the State’s Superior Court.

It also features State Rep. Renny Cushing, whose father was shot to death in 1988. Cushing has been a key player in past efforts to repeal N.H.’s death penalty law, but thinks this time the chances are good.

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Word of Mouth
3:34 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Kirk Bloodsworth: The First Man To Be Exonerated By DNA Evidence

Kirk Bloodsworth is the first death row inmate to be exonerated by DNA.
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When Kirk Bloodsworth was convicted and sentenced to  death for raping and killing a nine year-old girl, the audience in Baltimore County’s circuit court in Maryland broke out into wild applause. It was July of 1984, and at 22 years old, the former Marine was the most notorious man in Maryland. His crimes were so brutal, that even inmates threatened to kill him; one bashed him on the back of the head with a sock full of batteries.

After serving nine years behind bars­­--two on death row--Bloodsworth became the first person in America to be exonerated by DNA evidence and released from prison. He is now director of advocacy for “Witness to Innocence”, which is attempting to convince the 32 remaining states where the death penalty remains legal, to repeal it.

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Call-In Show
10:10 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Call-In Show: N.H.’s Supreme Court Ruling On The Michael Addison Case

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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, what it means for the capital punishment debate in New Hampshire and its possible ramifications.

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