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State legislative commission studies the death penalty in New Hampshire

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September 14, 2010

PLYMOUTH, New Hampshire: A state legislative commission studying if the death penalty is working in New Hampshire met September 9 at Plymouth State University. Testimony was overwhelmingly in support of abolishing the state's death penalty, which has not been used since 1937.

The 22 member commission was established in October 2009 after the legislature passed House Bill 520. It is chaired by retired Superior Court Justice Walter L. Murphy. He said that some people have called for expanding the death penalty to include home invasion murders, which came to the forefront in 2009 with the murder of Kimberly Cates. Currently Michael Addison, who was sentenced for killing a police officer, is the only prisoner on death row in the state.

The commission has two more meetings scheduled, one at Keene State College and another at the University of New Hampshire. Their report is due by December 1.[1]


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