"N.H. death penalty is focus of symposium," is the AP report filed by Lynne Tuohy. It's via SeaCoast Online.
The attorney for the only inmate on death row in New Hampshire — a state that last carried out an execution in 1939 — will be among the panelists addressing the logistical and social ramifications of the state’s death penalty during a symposium at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
The symposium Wednesday will feature the chief superior court judge; the corrections commissioner and Michael Addison’s lawyer, David Rothstein, among others.
Addison was sentenced to death in 2008 for gunning down Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006, as Briggs attempted to arrest him for robbery. His case is on appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
If his sentence is upheld, Addison could become the first person executed in New Hampshire since 1939.
The Supreme Court heard a full day of arguments on his sentence and appeal in November. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin said after the arguments he thinks it could take the court a year or more to rule, based on the number of issues raised and the thousands of pages of briefs and transcripts.
The University of New Hampshire School of Law has details,"UNH Law to Host Symposium on New Hampshire Death Penalty."
The UNH Law Diversity Action Coalition, UNH National Lawyers Guild student group, and the law school’s Social Justice Institute will host a symposium on Feb. 13 titled “The New Hampshire Death Penalty in the Era of Addison: Community Voices on Capital Punishment.”
“The event aims to orient the Concord community to the issues surrounding the death penalty,” says Kerstin Cornell, a UNH Law student and one of the event’s organizers. “It is an objective symposium that seeks to provide the community with information during a time when it isespecially pertinent.”