New Hampshire’s state legislature overrode the Republican governor’s veto to repeal its death penalty by a slim margin Thursday.
“I have consistently stood with law enforcement, families of crime victims, and advocates for justice in opposing a repeal of the death penalty because it is the right thing to do. I am incredibly disappointed that the Senate chose to override my veto,” Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement Thursday, according to WMUR.
New Hampshire has not executed an inmate since 1939. Its death penalty only applies in the following situations: the slaying of an on-duty law enforcement officer or judge, murder for hire, murder during rape, certain drug offenses or home invasion, and murder by an individual already serving a life sentence without parole, according to the Associated Press.
The state only has one inmate on death row: Michael Addison, who was convicted of the murder of Manchester police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006, reported the Concord Monitor. The new law won’t automatically apply to him, but courts could interpret it that way, said anti-repeal state Sen. Sharon Carson, a Republican.
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