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June 6 2009 | UNITED STATES

Connecticut/USA

Governor Jodi Rell vetoes measure to end death penalty

 
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Conn. gov. vetoes measure to end death penalty

 

HARTFORD, Conn.—Gov. M. Jodi Rell has vetoed legislation abolishing Connecticut's death penalty, saying the state cannot tolerate people who commit the most violent of murders.

Rell, a Republican, had expressed her opposition to the measure all along and issued her promised veto Friday.

Its supporters in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly have said they do not have the necessary two-thirds majority of votes to override her veto. The bill, which would have replaced capital punishment with life in prison, passed 19-17 in the Senate and 90-56 in the House last month.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll found three of every five Connecticut residents wanted the state to keep its death penalty.

Connecticut has 10 death row inmates.

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