HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- On the day that another Quinnipiac Poll showed a clear majority of Connecticut voters supporting the death penalty Governor Malloy signed the repeal bill into law.
He did it behind closed doors with no public ceremony. His office did not want any images of anything that appeared to be a celebration.
"I've struggled with this issue," Malloy said. "Mostly as a younger person when I became a prosecutor in New York City, and understand very well that the legal system is fallible and that this is not a business that the state should be in."
When asked if they favored the death penalty, 62 percent said yes, just 30 percent were opposed.
But when given the choice and people are asked if they favor the death penalty or life without parole the public is evenly split 46 to 46 percent.
"There were people in the room who had lost loved ones and had advocated for many years for the abolition of the death penalty," Malloy said, "but I'm not...I don't have an argument, a personal argument with people who believe in something else."
An isolated, unused cell block at the Osborn prison in Somers is expected to be used for those now convicted of life in prison, where they will be kept isolated from the general prison population with very restricted privileges.
"We anticipate using that area, there are other areas, also in the old Cheshire, there's an area similar to that we could use," said Cmsr. Leo Arnone from the Department of Correction.
The law is not supposed to affect the two convicted Cheshire murderers, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevksy, or the nine other men on death row at Northern Prison. One of them has been there since 1989 while the endless appeal process goes on.
"Dr. William Petit stood with us to point out that the repeal of the death penalty will provide mercy to killers who offered none to their victims," said State Sen. John A. Kissel (R-Enfield),a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee in a statement. "Repeal will spare the lives of the 11 murderers who currently sit on Death Row. Repeal eliminates a powerful tool for society to mete out justice to the worst of the worst. Repeal removes the appropriate sanction in certain heinous, cruel and depraved crimes."
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Drivers are being advised to use caution as they battle snow falling on the roadways across Connecticut.
The snow made it's way into the state early Tuesday morning, causing multiple cities and towns to put parking bans in place.
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