State gets another chance to argue for death penalty

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court is giving the state one more chance to argue in favor of keeping capital punishment for those already sentenced to die.

A divided high court in August ruled the death penalty violated the state constitution and contemporary standards of decency.

The state had already passed a law abolishing capital punishment, except for those currently on death row.

The court ruled in the case of Eduardo Santiago that because capital punishment is unconstitutional, the ban should apply to everyone.

But on Tuesday, the court scheduled oral arguments for Jan. 7 on the constitutional aspects of the death penalty in the case of Russell Peeler. He was sentenced to die for ordering the 1999 killings of an 8-year-old boy and his mother in Bridgeport.

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