1. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

    CT to Abolish Death Penalty

    The execution room is shown Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at the Oregon State Penitentiary, in Salem, Ore. The Oregon Department of Corrections is preparing for its first execution in 14 years as death row inmate Gary Haugen faces lethal injection on Dec. 6. Officials are giving reporters a look Friday at the execution room at the state penitentiary in Salem. Haugen was already serving time for one killing when he was sentenced to death in 2007 for killing another inmate. He has said repeatedly he wants to cut the appeals process. Death penalty opponents still hope to head off the execution. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Rick Bowmer / AP Photo

    The Connecticut Senate passed a bill to repeal the death penalty early Thursday morning, and Governor Dannel P. Malloy says he will sign. Under the bill, the state’s harshest sentence will be life in prison without the possibility of parole. The 11 men currently on death row will still be executed. But William Petit, whose wife and daughters were murdered in a 2007 home invasion, said that defense lawyers may use the law to get their clients taken off death row and lawmakers should "at least be honest about it and call it a total repeal.”

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