A high-profile bill looking to abolish Connecticut's death penalty for all
future cases and replace it with life imprisonment will face its 1st round of
votes in the state legislature.
Members of the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee will vote on the bill
Wednesday morning at the Legislative Office Building.
Democratic Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, of New Haven, who is a Vice Chair of the
committee, said he is confident the bill will pass this hurdle.
The proposed bill would not directly affect inmates currently on death row, but
the state's Chief Public Defender's Office has said it would likely pursue
appeals to change the sentences.
Last year, a similar effort failed in the Senate due largely to the on-going
death penalty trial in the fatal Cheshire home invasion case.
(source: Associated Press)