Manchester officer’s widow urges lawmakers to keep death penalty
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The widow of murdered Manchester police officer Michael Briggs testified for the first time in support of the death penalty in New Hampshire, as supporters of repeal feel they are inching closer to success.
The legislature passed a repeal bill last year, but it was vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu and the Senate failed to override. The House has already passed a repeal bill again this year by a veto-proof margin, and the Senate appears poised to do likewise.
With the stakes so high, advocates on both sides brought their A-team to Tuesday’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the House-passed bill, HB 455. It would replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole for all capital crimes.