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The state’s highest court has ruled that the 2006 killing of a Manchester police officer by Michael Addison is punishable by death.  

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 The state’s highest court will weigh in Thursday on whether Michael Addison’s death sentence is considered fair. This is the first time the N.H. Supreme Court has ever ruled on such an issue.

The court opinion looks into whether the death penalty sentence given to Addison is out of line based on similar cases nationwide.

Michael Addison, who was convicted in the 2006 killing of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs,  is the only one on death row in the state. The last person to be executed was more than 75 years ago.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Thursday that for the first time center on the fairness of a death penalty in the state.

Michael Addison is the state’s lone death row inmate. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2008 for the murder of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.

Thursday’s arguments will focus on whether Addison’s death sentence was fair compared to similar cases nationwide.

Buzz Scherr is a law professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

GUESTS:

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

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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.

New Hampshire's only death row inmate, Michael Addison, got a very long day in court Wednesday.

New Hampshire's highest court held what may be an unprecedented hearing - more than five hours - to review Addison's trial and his death sentence for the 2006 shooting of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.

NHPR's Josh Rogers was at the hearing and he tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the day's events.

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.