Death penalty repeal bill passes New Hampshire House
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With a veto-proof majority, the New Hampshire House voted Thursday to repeal the state’s death penalty after hearing from a freshman Democrat who fled Afghanistan as a child and a longtime Republican lawmaker grieving his wife’s recent death.
New Hampshire’s capital punishment law applies in only seven scenarios: the killing of an on-duty law enforcement officer or judge, murder for hire, murder during a rape, certain drug offenses or home invasion and murder by someone already serving a life sentence without parole. Lawmakers have considered bills to repeal it every session for the last two decades, and passed them twice, but lacked the votes to override gubernatorial vetoes.