CT to Abolish Death Penalty

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.”