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NH Group Announcing Effort To Repeal Death Penalty

The New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is announcing a new effort to repeal the state's capital punishment law.

The coalition is holding a news conference Thursday to discuss the effort. State Rep. Renny Cushing, a Hampton Democrat, is sponsoring a bill to repeal the law. The news conference will feature speakers including Cushing, whose father was shot to death with a shotgun in 1988.

The Legislature voted to repeal the death penalty in 2000, but U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who was governor then, vetoed the bill. The House passed a repeal bill in 2009, but it later died in the Senate.

Michael Addison, who was convicted of killing a Manchester police officer, is the only person currently on death row.

The state's last execution was in 1939.

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