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Death Penalty Opponents Say They Will Try Again after Senate Vote Rejecting Repeal Measure

NHCADP Press Release 5.22.14

CONCORD – With the New Hampshire Senate’s rejection of the second bid to repeal the state’s death penalty this year, opponents of capital punishment say they are obviously disappointed by the outcome but determined to revive the issue in a future legislative session.

“The repeal movement in New Hampshire made tremendous progress this year,” said Barbara Keshen, board chair of New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NHCADP). “We witnessed the strongest House votes ever with greater than 2-to-1 margins and clear bi-partisan support.”

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NHCADP PRESS RELEASE 5.14.14

Death Penalty Repeal Returns to Senate with Strong Endorsement from New Hampshire House

SB202 VoteFollowing a bi-partisan 226 to 110 vote by the NH House of Representatives in favor of a bill with a death penalty repeal amendment (see roll call votes here), the Senate will have another chance to consider the issue this year.

“The death penalty is bad public policy, part of a system that makes mistakes, fails the families of murder victims, does not make society safer, and uses resources that would be better spent meeting the needs of victims and law enforcement,” said Representative Renny Cushing, who led the floor debate.

Like the previous House vote in favor of death penalty repeal, today’s House vote showed bi-partisan support for ending capital punishment.   “We can’t trust the government to decide who should be put to death,” said Representative Kathy Souza, a Republican considered a leader of right-to-life conservatives.

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New Bill for Death Penalty Repeal

Click here for Majority Report on SB202, the bill amended to re-introduce death penalty repeal. The bill was voted on by the House on May 14 where it passed 226-110. It now makes its way over to the Senate for reconsideration, most likely the week of May 22.

Justice Reaper
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Ring the Capitol day of action & Senate vote on HB1170 – April 17, 2014

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Repeal Bill Still in Play after Senate Vote

Senator Donna Soucy et al in Vote on HB1170
Manchester’s Senator Donna Soucy speaks for passage of HB1170

April 17 — Following a vote that put a death penalty repeal bill “on the table,” the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will redouble its efforts to pass legislation this year that would end the practice of executions.

“Death penalty abolition is the right course for our state to take from the perspective of sound public policy and humane values,” said Barbara Keshen, the Coalition’s chair.

The Coalition will continue to work with its members and with legislators to gain the necessary support for an approved repeal bill to reach the Governor’s desk by the end of June.

Hundreds of repeal supporters have attended public hearings, prayer vigils, and educational programs throughout the state since the beginning of the year.   “More people than ever before are committed to ending this barbaric practice,” Keshen said.          More news on Senate Vote.

4/3/14 Senate Hearing News

Photos from the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on HB1170 – April 3, 2014

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3/12: House Votes Decisively to Repeal the Death Penalty!

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More news on House Criminal Justice Committee proceedings here.

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New Hampshire Nears Repeal of Death Penalty

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By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
MARCH 12, 2014
CONCORD, N.H. — ….On Wednesday, New Hampshire’s House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 225 to 104, to repeal the death penalty. The fate of the bill in the state’s Senate is less certain, but many give it a strong chance of passage. And the new governor, Maggie Hassan, is prepared to sign it, a change from 2000, when a repeal bill last made it to the governor’s desk, where it was vetoed.

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Regardless of law, NH not ready to enforce death penalty
May 10, 2014 | The Union Leader

CONCORD – As their counterparts across the country grapple with questions raised after a failed execution attempt in Oklahoma, New Hampshire prison officials are beginning to look at how the death penalty would be carried out here.

“We don’t have a procedure to follow, a time line for how one would play out,” said Jeff Lyons, spokesman for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections. “I know we’ve visited some states already to see how they handle them, but it will be new territory for us, since we haven’t had one here since 1939.”

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NH House Revives Death Penalty Repeal

NHCADP PRESS RELEASE 5.6.14

Following approval of a committee amendment which tacked death penalty repeal onto a bill involving the crime of burglary, the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty said it is important for the issue to return to the attention of legislators this year.

“The botched execution of Clayton Lockett last week in Oklahoma is yet another piece of evidence that the death penalty needs to be put behind us,” said Barbara Keshen, the organization’s chairperson.  “We cannot have the death penalty in a nation that bars cruel and unusual punishment as one of its fundamental legal principles.”

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Dismantling the machinery of death: How America can—and will—abolish the death penalty

NEW HAMPSHIRE has just failed to abolish the death penalty—by one vote. Given that the Granite State has not actually executed anyone since 1939, you might think this doesn’t matter much. But, obviously, it matters to the one man on death row in New Hampshire, a cop-killer called Michael Addison. It matters, also, to the broader campaign to scrap capital punishment in America. And despite the setback in New Hampshire, the abolitionists are slowly winning.

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Death penalty repeal dies in tie Senate vote
Seacoast Online, Friday, April 18, 2014

CONCORD — State Sen. Nancy Stiles said she received “hundreds of calls” and “voicemails” asking her to repeal or uphold New Hampshire’s death penalty. The Hampton Republican said she ultimately chose to cast a deciding vote to uphold it on Thursday because of something a pro-repeal advocate told her.

Stiles said the advocate “solidified” her position by stating “you just have to respect life.” Stiles, who was part of a 12-12 vote that prevented the repeal’s passage Thursday, said putting someone behind bars for “23½ hours a day for 20 to 30 to 40 years” like a “caged animal” is “not respecting life either.”

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Measure to Repeal Death Penalty Fails by a Single Vote in New Hampshire Senate
The New York Times, Thursday, April 17, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — In a tie vote, the New Hampshire Senate deadlocked Thursday on whether to repeal the death penalty, leaving the current law intact and New Hampshire as the lone state in New England that allows the execution of anyone convicted of a capital crime.

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Editorial: New Hampshire should abolish death penalty
Boston Globe, April 16, 2014

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.

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N.H. Senate to decide on death penalty repeal
EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA
April 16, 2014
By John Toole
, jtoole@eagletribune.com

Some say Senate tie is possible

— CONCORD — 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.

Two Southern New Hampshire senators are among those who repeal proponents believe are on the fence: Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, who represents Newton, and Russell Prescott, R-Kingston.

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Editorial: Senators should put justice above vengeance in NH
Nashua Telegraph, Sunday, April 13, 2014

It is unfortunate that Michael Addison’s fate has tainted the debate over whether New Hampshire should abolish the death penalty. No single murderer and no single killing – no matter how despicable or remorseless, no matter how horrific or callous – should corrupt the state’s moral identity.

We should aspire to a judicial system that puts a higher value on the pursuit of justice for all citizens than on blood vengeance against a few.

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On revote, N.H. Senate panel endorses death penalty repeal measure
Concord Monitor, Friday, April 11, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday revisited the idea of repealing New Hampshire’s death penalty and recommended that it pass, setting up a potentially historic vote in the chamber next week.

The bill represents the most energetic recent effort to repeal the state’s centuries-old death penalty. It passed the committee by a 3-2 vote, days after the same panel issued a tie vote that could have sounded the death knell on the repeal effort.

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Senate panel endorses death penalty repeal measure
Boston.com, Thursday, April 10, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday revisited the idea of repealing New Hampshire’s death penalty and recommended that it pass, setting up a potentially historic vote in the chamber next week.

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We urge N.H. Senate to repeal death penalty
Seacoast online, Sunday, April 6, 2014

The death penalty repeal passed by an overwhelming margin in the New Hampshire House on March 12 and the fate of this great moral question now rests with the state Senate.

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Dover vigil supports abolishing death penalty Senate committee to hear HB 1170 April 3,
Fosters Daily Democrat, Sunday, March 30, 2014

Excerpt:
Members of the Dover faith community gathered at noon Saturday for a vigil to support a bill abolishing the death penalty in New Hampshire. The event began at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and continued around a circuit of five stops through downtown Dover.

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Death penalty solves nothing, former N.H. Supreme Court justices write
By: Joseph Nadeau and John Broderick , Seacoast Online
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Hampshire has not executed anyone for three quarters of a century. Yet, it registered the second lowest murder rate in the nation every year of this century. Our state is regularly ranked one of the safest in which to live; and by reported crime statistics was the safest in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The time has come to embrace New Hampshire history and abolish the death penalty.

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Crowd turns out to support repeal of death penalty in N.H.
The Seacoast Online, Monday, March 24, 2014

Excerpt:
Whether the state’s death penalty should be repealed has been an ongoing debate for years.

While many stand firm in their belief of “an eye for an eye,” others believe life in prison should be the most extreme punishment for those who commit the crime of capital murder.

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Nashua Telegraph: Senate should vote to repeal capital punishment, too
Editorial, Friday, March 14, 2014

According to the Innocence Project, there have been 312 post-conviction DNA exonerations in United States history. Eighteen of those people had been sentenced to death. There is no way to know how many innocent people have been executed over the years.

Repealing the death penalty in New Hampshire is not about going easy on convicted killers, it’s about eliminating the possibility, however unlikely, that an innocent person could be put to death. There are other good reasons to eliminate capital punishment – including the fact that there isn’t any credible evidence that it deters killers.

So what the death penalty boils down to is little more than emotional restitution.

“If we let people who kill turn us into killers, then evil triumphs,” said Rep. Rennie Cushing, D-Hampton, leading the Wednesday debate that ended with the New Hampshire House voting – overwhelmingly – to repeal the death penalty. It marks the fourth time in a decade that the House has favored repeal.

Now it’s on to the Senate, where the fate of the bill will be determined. Gov. Maggie Hassan has already indicated she would sign it if senators approve it.

In each previous case, the Senate has failed to follow the House’s lead. For the sake of the innocent, we urge a different outcome this time around.  Link to original article

‘West Memphis Three’ member joins anti-death penalty rally at UNH
The Union Leader, February 26, 2014

Excerpt:
As the New Hampshire House prepares to vote on the latest bill to be introduced seeking the repeal of the state’s death penalty law, a small group of students at the University of New Hampshire organized a large event on Tuesday night to show their support of it.

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Rep. Robert L. Théberge (Coös, Dist. 3 – Berlin, NH) – Repeal of the Death Penalty
The Berlin Daily Sun, February 3, 2014

Excerpt:
In a few short weeks, the House of Representatives will be voting on HB1170 an act repealing the death penalty. Since 1974, the modern era of the death penalty, New Hampshire has amended its statue eight times. During that same time period, not a single person has been executed, and the state recently, has spent more than four million dollars ($4M) on litigation, paying for both the cost of the defense and prosecution councils.

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Editorial: Of the Death Penalty and Human Dignity
Valley News, January 22, 2014

Let’s be clear: The appalling circumstances attendant upon the execution of Dennis McGuire in Ohio last week did not render capital punishment barbaric; they merely personified its inherent barbarity. We hope the New Hampshire Legislature will take note and finally repeal the state’s death penalty in the firm conviction that it is morally repugnant for the state to take human life.

McGuire was put to death with a new and untested combination of drugs that took 25 minutes to perform its lethal work while he was gasping, snorting, choking and moving as though struggling — a result his defense attorneys had anticipated in an unsuccessful court filing that sought to block the execution. In opposing their motion, Ohio Assistant Attorney General Thomas Madden contended that while the Constitution bans cruel and unusual punishment, “you’re not entitled to a pain-free execution.”

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Garry Rayno’s Statehouse Dome: Diverse group favors death penalty repeal
Union Leader, January 11, 2014

Excerpt:
Perhaps the biggest new issue to come before lawmakers this year will be death penalty repeal.

Rep. Robert Cushing, D-Hampton, has put together a group of co-sponsors for his repeal bill that includes Democrats, Republicans, liberals, conservatives, and House and Senate members.

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Death penalty leaves no margin for error
Nashua Telegraph, January 9, 2014

Excerpt:
Among the changes in state law being considered by New Hampshire legislators in the session that started this week is one that, if passed, would repeal the death penalty.

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Stay of Execution: Catholic Conscience and the Death Penalty: These Stone Walls,                    November 20, 2013

Excerpt:
If, like a number of Catholics I know, you find yourself on the fence about Catholic opposition to the death penalty, then please read this to the end. The death penalty in American justice is one of those hot-button, polarizing issues I usually try to avoid on These Stone Walls, but I just waded into its murky depths. So I ask you to step into that torrent with me for a few minutes to weigh another side of this story.

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U.S. Counties Killing The Most People Are Good At Getting Death Penalty, Not So Good At Justice:  Huffington Post, November 19, 2013

Excerpt:
Just 2 percent of counties in America are responsible for more than half the nation’s executions, and those same counties have been responsible for a disproportionate share of high-profile prosecutorial misconduct and exonerations following wrongful convictions.

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Analysis: Wrongful convictions sharpen focus on death penalty: USA Today, November 13, 2013

Excerpt:
For people wrongly convicted and sent to prison for crimes they did not commit, the opportunities for justice are few and far between.

“There have been no consequences for the prosecutor in my case,” said Anthony Graves, a Texas man who was exonerated three years ago after serving more than a decade on death row for a murder he did not commit.

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NH clergy call for abolishing state’s death penalty: Union Leader, November 12, 2013

Excerpt:
New Hampshire church leaders have issued a call to abolish the death penalty and for clergy to discuss the issue with their congregations.

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Options running out for the US death penalty: New Scientist, November 12, 2013

Excerpt:
If it goes ahead as scheduled in Ohio, the execution of Ronald Phillips on Thursday will be a grim milestone. He is due to be put to death by a cocktail of two drugs that has never before been used for capital punishment – midazolam, a sedative, and the painkiller hydromorphone.

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Jimmy Carter: Ban the Death Penalty: Common Dreams, November 11, 2013

Excerpt:
It’s time for the Supreme Court to look at the totality of the death penalty once again,” said Carter. “My preference would be for the court to rule that it is cruel and unusual punishment, which would make it prohibitive under the U.S. constitution.

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 Editorial: The death penalty isn’t the answer: Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, November 11, 2013

Excerpt:
But from Dodge’s perspective, as well as ours, the answers are not so simple. This issue goes far deeper than the battles between justice and compassion. It’s also about a criminal justice system that nationally has far too often proven to be wrong in capital cases. Just look at recent history in Illinois, which in 2011 officially abolished its death penalty after a decade-long moratorium that saw clemency granted to all its death row inmates because of concerns about its process.

And there’s the all-too-often unspoken question of a government’s proper role. We find it hypocritical that the states with the deepest ties to the death penalty are also the one who most loudly call for smaller government. If government is not to be trusted to administer basic programs, how can it be given the power to execute?

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Editorial: It’s time to repeal the death penalty: Concord Monitor, November 10, 2013

Excerpt:
Brooks was rich and white; Addison was poor and black. Brooks plotted his victim’s murder deliberately; Addison shot Briggs as he fled. Addison’s victim had the full force of New Hampshire law enforcement watching every twist and turn of the case; Brooks’s victim was little known and quickly forgotten. Different lawyers, different juries, different cases. But it’s difficult not to step back and wonder about the fairness of it all. In a state where the capital murder statute is rarely used, it’s hard to imagine two more starkly different outcomes.

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Top NH court upholds death sentence for cop killer: Lynne Tuohy, U.S. News, November 6, 2013

Excerpt:
The court rejected Addison’s numerous claims that his death sentence violates the state constitution. Addison had challenged whether he could be sentenced to death when the jury found that he acted recklessly but without intent to kill.

“Our capital sentencing scheme reflects the legislature’s judgment that the most egregious murderers who warrant the most severe sentence under our law are not restricted to those who harbor a specific intent to kill,” the court wrote.

University of New Hampshire School of Law Professor Albert “Buzz” Scherr said the justices were “surprisingly dismissive” of defense arguments that Addison’s death sentence was tainted by passion and prejudice.

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Additional News Coverage about NH Supreme Court Ruling on Addison Case

2014 may – or may not – be year death penalty is repealed in NH: Kevin Landrigan, Nashua Telegraph, Sunday, October 27

Excerpt:
“Governor Hassan supports life in prison without parole for heinous crimes,” communications director Marc Goldberg said in what has become the governor’s stock response.  “As a matter of faith and conscience, she does not support the death penalty.”…. The other reason for supporters to conclude they have momentum is that the crusade to repeal capital punishment has been steadily scoring victories in state capitals. Since the Supreme Court re-established capital punishment in 1973, 18 states have repealed their laws. As retired Superior Court Chief Justice Walter Murphy said Thursday, six of those states have done so in the last five years, most recently Maryland last spring. “The whole issue requires light; people have to look at the facts,” Murphy said.

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The Libertarian Case Against the Death Penalty: Ben Jones, Venitism, October 25, 2013

Excerpt:
For many years, the death penalty has divided libertarians. Recently, however, a number of high-profile figures in the liberty movement have expressed concerns about the death penalty and called for its repeal. What has inspired this shift? Well-publicized problems with the death penalty process—wrongful convictions, arbitrary application, and high costs—have convinced many libertarians that capital punishment is just one more failed government program that should be scrapped.

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Editorial: Portsmouth Herald supports repeal of N.H. death penalty: Portsmouth Herald, October 25, 2013

Excerpt:
We agree with Judge Walter Murphy, who served in 2009 as chairman of the Commission to Study the Death Penalty in New Hampshire.

“There is no assurance that the death penalty does what its advocates claim is its purpose; nor is there any reason to believe it is necessary for public safety,” Murphy wrote in the commission’s final report. “The alternative, that is, life without the possibility of parole, offers the same protection without the attendant risks of mistakes and without the vast expense both monetary and otherwise.”

Because the risk of error is too high, the cost is exorbitant, it doesn’t help victims heal and has not been proven a deterrent to crime, we support repeal of the death penalty in New Hampshire.

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Editorial: We support the repeal of death penalty in N.H.: Exeter News-Letter, October 25, 2013

Excerpt:
Cushing was joined in Concord by the Catholic and Episcopal bishops, law enforcement representatives and crime victim advocates. We join them in voicing our support of death penalty repeal.

In our view, the death penalty is simply not justice. While we understand and respect the arguments in favor of putting to death those convicted of the worst capital crimes, we’re convinced by the evidence that the damage capital punishment inflicts on society far outweighs the good.

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The death penalty in the news: Elizabeth Lefebvre, U.S. Catholic, October 25, 2013

Death Penalty – a Barbaric Society: Amy Whatley, Las Vegas Guardian Express, October 24, 2013

Exonerated man crusades against death penalty: Damien Fisher, Eagle Times, October 21, 2013

Excerpt:
Bloodsworth says the Addison case is a good example of the death penalty as a failed public policy, showing that it is not applied fairly, and that it is applied in a racially biased manner.

Since Addison, who is black and poor, reportedly killed Briggs, there have been several other murder cases in New Hampshire that could have qualified for the death penalty. Bloodsworth wonders why Jay Brooks, for example, the New Hampshire millionaire convicted of hiring two other men to commit the murder of Derry man Jack Reid, is not also facing the death penalty instead of life in prison.

“It is no mistake that a black man is on death row, and wealthy white man, Mr. Books, is not,” Bloodsworth said.

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Editorial: Bloodsworth case should give death penalty supporters pause: Concord Monitor, October 21, 2013

Excerpt:
Bloodsworth, who met with Monitor editors last week, was in New Hampshire to aid a group pushing to repeal the state’s death penalty. For legislators on the fence – and even those secure in their support for the statute – his story is worth paying attention to. His simple, powerful message will no doubt give pause to even the most resolute supporters of capital punishment: If this could happen to me, it could happen to you.

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Cushing’s bill to abolish death penalty in N.H. to be unveiled: Seacoast Online, October 21, 2013

Democrat Unveiling Bill to Repeal NH Death Penalty: Kyle Stucker, Bedford Patch, October 21, 2013

“It could have happened to anyone, anywhere”: Annmarie Timmins, Concord Monitor, October 20, 2013

Excerpt:
It’s no surprise the experience changed Bloodsworth’s thinking on the death penalty. He was in New Hampshire last week sharing his story with hopes it will have a similar affect on others, especially lawmakers who will debate repealing the death penalty next year.

“When I was a Marine, I felt people got what they deserved,” Bloodsworth, 53, said during an interview with the Monitor. “But . . . if this could happen to an honorably discharged Marine with no criminal record, it could have happened to anyone, anywhere.”

According to the Innocence Project, which works to exonerate prisoners with DNA evidence, 311 people in the United States have been cleared by DNA, 18 of them after serving time on death row. Bloodsworth, of Pennsylvania, is now advocacy director for the group.

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Garry Rayno’s State House Dome (see Death Penalty Repeal): Garry Rayno, Union Leader, October 20, 2013

Kirk Bloodsworth: The First Man To Be Exonerated By DNA Evidence: Virginia Prescott, Word of Mouth, NHPR, October 16, 2013

1st American released from death row after being exonerated by DNA makes case to abolish death penalty in NH: Kevin Landrigan, Nashua Telegraph, October 15, 2013

Freed from death row, he aims to abolish the death penalty in NH: Nick B. Reid, Hampton Union, October 15, 2013

Excerpt:
An innocent man who spent nearly nine years imprisoned in Maryland, some of that time facing execution, brought his campaign to end the death penalty to New Hampshire this week, including a stop at Winnacunnet High School.

He said poor eyewitness accounts and the errors of fallible humans fast-tracked him over eight months in the mid-1980s from wrongfully accused to death row in connection with the brutal murder and sexual assault of 9-year-old Dawn Hamilton. Soon his life became dodging predatory inmates, getting occasionally beaten by a sockful of D batteries and pacing back and forth in his cramped jail cell trying to solve Hamilton’s murder.

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Video – Kirk Bloodsworth, the first American released from death row and exonerated by DNA evidence: Nashua Telegraph, October 14, 2013

First man exonerated from death row by DNA testing speaks at Portsmouth church: Jeff McMenemy, Seacoast Online, October 13, 2013

Excerpt:
A jury convicted Bloodsworth in 1985 of the brutal murder and rape of a 9-year-old girl in Baltimore, Md., and he spent almost nine years in state prison there — including two years on death row — before he was set free. 
Ultimately, he was cleared when his lawyer — on his third try — found the evidence from the case prosecutors used to convict him “in the judge’s closet in a paper bag.” Once the evidence was tested for his DNA, he was released and the DNA lead police to the real killer.

The 53-year-old said his faith helped him endure the years in state prison, and it also kept him fighting for his release. “If God wants me to die for someone else’s sins, then that’s the way it’s got to be,” Bloodsworth said. “But I didn’t think he wanted me to.”

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Man vindicated by DNA brings story to Keene State: Steve Gilbert, Keene Sentinel, October 13, 2013

Excerpt:
At Keene State, Bloodsworth, a converted Roman Catholic, touched on the morality of the death chamber, saying, “You cannot kill people and then say killing is wrong. That’s an oxymoron.”

But the thrust of his talk centered on the tragedy of executing an innocent person, emphasizing that 144 people, and counting, on death row have been wrongly convicted and exonerated. He listed a litany of ways his case was railroaded through the system because the outraged public wanted vengeance, how evidence was ignored, how his own lawyer saw him only three times in the eight months before his trial.

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Fate worse than death: NH anti death-penalty group says prison is ultimate punishment: Kimberly Haas, Foster’s Daily Democrat, October 12, 2013

Excerpt:
The bill to abolish the death penalty in New Hampshire is already garnering broad bipartisan support in the Legislature, according to Cushing, who is a Democrat. There are 10 sponsors in the House of Representatives, representing a mix of Democrats and Republicans.

Issues such as the variations in use of the death penalty in different counties within states allowing it and the fact that minorities are sentenced to death in disproportional rates prove to Bloodsworth and other advocates that changes need to be made and the death penalty needs to be abolished.

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Man exonerated from death row by DNA to speak in city : Seacoast Online, October 11, 2013

Man exonerated from death row to speak in Portsmouth: Seacoast Online, October 10, 2013

Death penalty abolition group to speak at UNH: Kimberly Haas, Foster’s Daily Democrat, October 9, 2013

Death Penalty Repeal Bill Likely to Come Up in New Hampshire This Year: Daniela Altimari, Hartford Courant, October 8, 2013

Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Recurring issues 
on 2014 agenda: Garry Rayno, Union Leader, September 22, 2013

Years After Historic Ruling, Execution Still A ‘Random’ JusticeDave Davies interview of Evan Mandery, National Public Radio, September 19, 2013

NH death row inmate’s appeal targets Attorney General’s office: Kathryn Marchocki, Union Leader, July 17, 2013

Arias back in court for death penalty argument: Brian Skoloff (AP), Portland Press Herald, July 16, 2013

Boston Bomb Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Court Appearance: Erik Larson & Janelle Lawrence, Bloomberg, July 10, 2013

Maryland governor signs death penalty repeal: Joe Sutton, CNN, May 2, 2013

America’s Retreat From the Death Penalty: Editorial, New York Times, January 1, 2013

Death Penalty Opponents Hopeful New Crop of Lawmakers will Support Abolishing Law: Joseph G. Cote, Nashua Telegraph, November 15, 2012

End the Death Penalty in New Hampshire: Lincoln Caplan, New York Times, November 14, 2012

Taylor: Isn’t it time to end state’s power to kill?: Selina Taylor, Nashua Telegraph, September 23, 2012

Most gubernatorial candidates say they would have vetoed Cate’s lawJake Berry, Nashua Telegraph, September 8, 2012

Michael Keenan freed, murder charge from 24 years ago dismissed by Cuyahoga County judgePeter Krouse, The Plain Dealer, September 6, 2012

New Hampshire Democrats Support Repeal of the Death Penalty: Renny Cushing, Executive Director of the Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights, June 2, 2012

By an overwhelming 4-1 margin (274 in favor/ 65 opposed), delegates to the New Hampshire Democratic State Convention held in Manchester on Saturday voted in support of a resolution to repeal the death penalty and redirect funds to solve cold case homicides and support victims of crime.

The secret ballot vote followed speeches to the convention by the resolution’s sponsor, former Representative Renny Cushing in support of the measure, and the chair of the Resolutions Committee Dorothy Solomon, speaking on behalf of the 6-0 vote of that committee to urge delegates to reject the resolution.

While the two highest elected Democrats in the state, U.S. Jeanne Shaheen and Governor John Lynch, both support the death penalty, the Keynote Speaker at the convention was Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a national leader amongst elected officials in the effort to abolish capital punishment. O’Malley told delegates who spoke to him about capital punishment that he was hopeful his home state would repeal the death penalty next year.

Shifts Detected in Support for Death Penalty: Kevin Johnson, USA Today, April 24, 2012

Death Penalty Cases Can Carry High Prices: Editorial, Keene Sentinel, April 11, 2012

Death Penalty Repeal Goes to Connecticut Governor: Peter ApplebomeNew York Times, April 11, 2012

Connecticut Senate Votes to Abolish the Death Penalty: The Associated Press, NY Daily News, April 5, 2012

Abolishing the Death Penalty Creates More Resources for Police: Daryl K. Roberts, CT Junkie News, December 20, 2011

Proposals Make All Murders Death Penalty-Eligible: Lynne Tuohy (AP), Boston Globe, November 26, 2011

Death Penalty Doesn’t ‘Protect’ Anyone: Arnie Alpert, NHCADP board member, New Hampshire Business Review, November 18, 2011

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