Connecticut has become the 17th state to repeal the death penalty, with
lawmakers voting 86-62 on the measure after a marathon debate that
stretched into the night and revived memories of some of the state's
most heinous crimes.
Gov. Dannel Malloy has said he will sign the bill, which passed the House on Wednesday night, six days after the Senate approved it.
The bill replaces capital punishment with life in prison without the
possibility of parole, but it only applies to future cases and has no
effect on the 11 men on death row in Connecticut.