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Connecticut ends death penalty.

HARTFORD, CONN. * In what he called "a moment of sober reflection, not celebration," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill outlawing the use of capital punishment in the state.

The law, which takes effect immediately, makes life imprisonment without the possibility of release the highest punishment possible in Connecticut. The death penalty could be carried out, however, in the cases of 11 prisoners currently on death row in the state.

Hailing the signing as a "historic occasion," Archbishop Henry Mansell of Hartford said, "The Catholic church opposes the death penalty and has been fighting for its elimination for many years."

"Justice can be served and society can be protected from violent criminals without the death penalty," said the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference. "These goals can easily be met by replacing the death penalty with a lifetime sentence without the possibility of release."

Connecticut is the 17th state overall and fifth in five years to end use of the death penalty. Californians are expected to vote in November on a death penalty repeal.

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Date:May 11, 2012
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