"Justice denied anywhere — diminishes justice everywhere." —Martin Luther King
The New Hampshire Senate this morning blocked capital punishment repeal by a 12-12 tally, then voted 24-0 to table that bill, HB 1170. Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) said a simple majority could thus bring the legislation off the table for another showdown before the end of the legislative session.
Senators vote Thursday morning, April 17th on HB 1170 to abolish the death penalty, a bill that sailed through the House by 225-104. Supporters of repeal will circle the State House (8:30a.m.) during the Senate floor session holding candles to let lawmakers know a lot of people care about the issue. Nobody tell how the showdown vote will go, because some senators are still undecided. (We'll start by meeting at 8:30AM on the State House lawn to form a human... ring around the State House. Once the session begins at 10AM, we'll move to the Senate Chambers in the State House. The Senate will be discussing a number of bills before ours, but we anticipate HB1170 will be taken up before they break for lunch.)
It was a Monday. My wife and I sat in the lawyer’s office as I told my story. It wasn’t pretty. Three times over the past year, I had crossed physical and emotional boundaries with a 15-year old girl, the daughter of family friends.