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House Votes Strongly For Death Penalty Repeal

The House of Representatives has voted 225-104 to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty.

New Hampshire hasn’t executed anyone since 1939 -- the longest of any state that has the capital punishment.

Backers of repeal say that outlawing the death penalty is moral, fiscally prudent, and protection against human error.

Republican Mark Warden argued that restraint furthers justice.

"It is because of the fallibility of humans that we should remove the ultimate power of the state to decide who lives and who dies."

But the democratically-controlled House also voted down sparing the life of Michael Addison, N.H.’s lone death row inmate.

Addison was sentenced to death for killing Manchester police officer Michael Briggs in 2006.

Gov. Maggie Hassan supports repealing the death penalty but says she won’t block Addison’s execution.

The repeal bill now goes to GOP-led State Senate where the vote is expected to be tight.

Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000.
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