What a disaster - Our only hope now lies with Governor Rell via a veto. The Senate needs a 2/3 majority to override any veto, since the Senate vote was so close at 19-17, they do not have the necessary voting power to override and the veto would then stand. Governor Rell has made it clear in the past that she believes in capital punishment for 'the most heinous of murder cases" although she has stopped just shy of using the word "veto" - a wise habit of hers, she most likely does not wish to throw that power around willy nilly nor appear to be holding it over the heads of the General Assembly.
Please let Governor Rell know that you don't wish to live in a state where there is little deterrence for murder and rape and no hope for justice for the worst of brutally murdered victims. If this bill for the abolition of the death penalty is made int law Violent crime will increase;The worst sentence that a murderer can draw would be life without parole, which will then mean that every defense attorney in the state will now clog up the courts attempting to get the lighter sentence of" life with chance of parole" for all of their murdering defendant's. Its called 'give an inch take a mile' and insofar as defense attorneys are concerned, this has historically had terrible results. They have no moral guideposts.