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Victims' families boost Conn. death penalty repeal

Families of murder victims played key role in Connecticut's path to repealing death penalty By The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' The vote to end Connecticut's death penalty marks a triumph for dozens of victims' relatives who pushed for repeal in private meetings with lawmakers, via petition drives and at news conferences.

The only survivor of a deadly 2007 home invasion was perhaps the most compelling proponent of the death penalty. But many lawmakers say they were swayed by the stories of people who oppose capital punishment despite losing loved ones to horrific crimes.

The legislature gave final approval to a repeal bill Wednesday night. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he will sign the bill into law.



Elizabeth Brancato of Torrington is among roughly 180 relatives of crime victims who joined the repeal campaign in Connecticut. She said watching the vote was one of the best moments of her life.


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