NH Senate Votes To Keep Death Penalty Law

April 17, 2014 8:20 PM
NH Senate Votes To Keep Death Penalty Law
" CONCORD, NH (CBS)- The New Hampshire Senate floor was the site of passionate debate on the controversial issue of capital punishment Thursday.

“I am struggling and have struggled with this decision,” said Sen. Donna Soucy, a democrat from Manchester.

She was one of 12 senators who voted to repeal the death penalty.

The vote ended in a 12-12 tie. A tie vote means the death penalty statute stays intact.

“Because I believe that there are some crimes that are that heinous, I support the death penalty,” said Sen. Jeb Bradley, a republican from Wolfeboro.

Supporters and opponents of the death penalty were packed inside the senate chambers and outside the state house as senators made their positions clear.

“State-sponsored execution is not justice when we stoop to the level of the killer and it changes nothing,” said Sen "

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