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Slossberg Casts Key Vote for Death Penalty Repeal

Milford lawmaker says she wondered what kind of society we might have in the future.

Although she previously opposed repealing the death penalty, something that was , state Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-, Orange, cast a key vote this month to help .

The Connecticut Post reported that Slossberg said a conversation she had with a man on a train to New York led her to change her mind about the death penalty and vote for repeal.

Slossberg said the conversation led her to consider what kind of society might be left to future generations if people are allowed to think of some other people as less than human.

Ken Fellenbaum April 07, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Interesting point--history has already given us examples of considering others less than human.... the rational for slavery, the Holocaust and aborting the unborn. The death penalty legislation needed reform--not repeal. In can be argued that requiring "life for life" values human life.
Maryellen Schoonmaker April 07, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I agree that the death penalty legislation needs to be reformed not repeal - I am slightly more then disappointed in Ms. Slossberg's change of heart and her vote.
Michael Brown April 07, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Ken. 'Repeal’ and not 'reform’ was the choice that came before the General Assembly. And it seems unlikely that true reform of the death penalty could ever be accomplished. Judges and juries make subjective decisions that are all too often informed by race; the color of the defendant or the color of the victim. Even the 1800 BC Code of Hammurabi (which you appear to support) gave the free-man the right to pay their way out of the most extreme punishment. The slave, on the other hand, was punished to the “fullest extent of the law." I fully support Senator Slossberg’s decision to repeal the death penalty. Read the speech that Gayle gave before her vote to repeal: http://bit.ly/HurlgL.
CuriousOrange April 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Go Gayle! Former proponents of the death penalty in California are against it today. One of them said, "If there was a state program that was costing $185 million a year and only gave the money to lawyers and criminals, what would you do with it?" NY Times, Apr 7, 2012, p. 1.
Shelley Gilbert April 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Seeing how people can all of a sudden become enlightened and change their minds on an important issue, I can only hope that one day America will become a gun free society by repealing the second amendment.

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