The Eagle Tribune reports, "N.H. Senate to decide on death penalty repeal; Some say Senate tie is possible." It's by John Toole.
The state Senate takes up the death penalty repeal tomorrow.
“We think it will be very close,” said Arnie Alpert, spokesman for the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Today's Boston Globe publishes the editorial, "New Hampshire should abolish death penalty."
NEW HAMPSHIRE stands on the verge of repealing its death penalty, and needs just a few more senators to come out against the increasingly indefensible practice before a vote planned for Thursday. Momentum in Concord has been growing since the state House of Representatives passed a repeal measure in March in a bipartisan vote, and Governor Maggie Hassan has said she will sign the legislation should it make it out of the Senate. But enough senators — including Democrat Jeff Woodburn and Republicans Bob Odell, Russell Prescott, Andy Sanborn, and Jeanie Forrester — remain undecided to leave the measure’s fate in doubt.
By now, the undecided legislators have heard all the arguments against capital punishment. Death-penalty prosecutions are expensive, verdicts often reflect racial bias, and there’s little evidence that executions actually deter violent crime. Social attitudes have shifted, with more viewing the punishment as inhumane. And the possibility of executing a wrongfully convicted defendant looms over the whole debate; a state with a libertarian heritage like New Hampshire’s should regard with deep suspicion a punishment that can only make sense if the government has the right suspect 100 percent of the time.
"Another path toward inmate rehabilitation," is today's Concord Monitor editorial.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley called the possible repeal of the death penalty a “vote of conscience.”
A more exact phrase is difficult to imagine.
It is harder still to imagine conscience being absent in the consideration of any aspect of the criminal justice system, especially the rehabilitation of the men and women whom society at large prefers to be out of sight and out of mind.
"Why you should care about the state’s death penalty," is the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript OpEd by Tom Westheimer.
The N.H. House of Representatives has passed the bill and the Governor has said she will sign it. I realize some people disagree and respect that, but for me this is a historic opportunity to get “the State which acts on our behalf” out of the business of “Killing People to Show that Killing is Bad.”
Earlier coverage of the New Hampshire repeal legislation begins at the link.