Theresa Gerratana

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Death penalty repeal poses key decision for freshman

Theresa Gerratana sat unnoticed Monday night at the end of a bank of desks in a hearing room, a freshman senator overlooked by witnesses for or against the death penalty. Whether Connecticut keeps capital punishment is largely up to her. Elected three weeks ago in a special election, Gerratana would be the 18th senator to favor repeal, just enough to force a tie in the Senate that the presiding officer, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, pledges to break in favor of passage. Gerratana reviewing testimony

As a House member in 1995, she voted for an amendment to repeal the death penalty. Now, she says she is unsure, questioning if life in prison is adequate punishment for the most egregious crimes. Continue Reading →

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