Skip to comments.New Jersey Assembly Approves Legislation to Make it First State to Ban Death Penalty in 42 Years
Posted on 12/13/2007 5:07:05 PM PST by jdm
TRENTON, N.J. The New Jersey Assembly approved legislation Thursday to abolish the state's death penalty, making Gov. Jon S. Corzine's signature the only step left before the state becomes the first in four decades to ban executions.
Assembly members voted 44-36 to replace the death sentence with life in prison without parole. The state Senate approved the bill Monday.
Corzine, a Democrat, has said he will sign the bill within a week.
The measure would spare eight men on the state's death row, including the sex offender whose crimes sparked Megan's Law.
A special state commission found in January that the death penalty was a more expensive sentence than life in prison, hasn't deterred murder and risks killing an innocent person.
"It's time New Jersey got out of the execution business," Democratic Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo said. "Capital punishment is costly, discriminatory, immoral and barbaric. We're a better state than one that puts people to death."
Among the death row inmates who would be spared is Jesse Timmendequas, a sex offender convicted of murdering 7-year-old Megan Kanka in 1994. That case sparked a Megan's Law, which requires law enforcement agencies to notify the public about convicted sex offenders living in their communities.
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The Democrats are protecting their own.
Self preservation... Considering the Governor and legislature are the mostly likely ones to fall under this legislation...
Congressman Dick Zimmer stated, “I believe he is exactly the kind of predator that the legislature had in mind when it enacted the death penalty.” The court sentenced Timmendequas to death, and the sentence was upheld by the New Jersey Supreme Court on appeal. Timmendequas remains on New Jersey’s Death Row.
The politicians can’t get people to stay in New Jersey if they pardon every prisoner on the planet. The State stinks and nothing can change that! They don’t mind taxing a man to death but having a problem with chemical injection!!
can’t get a balanced budget....can’t get property taxes down...support of illegals/increased taxes etc....
and of course....support of commutation of murdering criminals!!!!
nj and death row inmates ~ perfect together!!!!!
The Dims are Insane, Sickening, Reprehensible, and Evil.
Tired of working for a living? Tired of high rent payments and grocery bills? Can’t afford health insurance?
The solution? Go to New Jersey and kill someone.
The state will house you and clothe you and feed you and give you health care for free for the rest of your life.
Add another reason to the already long list of why people shouldn’t live in NJ.
Must be because the government employees are simply the criminals not yet convicted.
Hey, works for me, hopefully any that are in MO right now will pack and head for Jersey - we execute ours here :)
Yes and those are their best points.
Let’s just roll out the welcome mat for all the serial killers and violent criminals. If you’re going to commit murder, NJ will be the place to do it now.
Can we just expel New Jersey from the Union? At that point the Republic of New Jersey could be run by a junta of Mafia Dons.
The Maryland dimwits are gonna try the same thing next year.
Protect the guilty and kill the innocent.
More northeastern-corridor liberal yankee bullsh*t.
That's JUST what we need, one of "them" in the White House as REPUBLICAN President of the United States...
Just sau an EMPHATIC "NO!" to RINO-rudy.
takin’ out the bad guys from what I’ve seen on the
Joe Horn threads,,,And Now,,,
They are going to “Charlie Manson” all the trash on
Death Row ?!?,,,
They didn’t ban the death penalty. It is still administered to unsuspecting, unknowing, surprised, unbelievably afraid, INNOCENT VICTIMS.
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