Senate endorses death penalty repeal


Senate endorses death penalty repeal

STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press

HELENA — The state Senate has endorsed a bill to repeal the death penalty.

Senate Bill 185 sponsored by Democratic Sen. David Wanzenried of Missoula drew extensive debate Monday before the 26-24 floor vote. The bill now faces one more largely procedural vote in the Senate before going to the House.

Supporters of the repeal argue the possibility of putting an innocent person to death makes the death penalty unjust. Those wanting to keep the death penalty argue it makes sense for those who commit heinous crimes.


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