New Hampshire Death Penalty News

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Granny B

"Barbara Keshen of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union said the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is pushing for the study commission in 2009. She said a commission would be important because no one has analyzed the emotional toll on victims, families and lawyers involved in death penalty cases, not to mention the time spent by courts.
She said the group also is working to recruit new members."

There would not be as much toll taken on the families, victims, scumyers and courts if it weren't the scummy ACLU scumappeals. :D :D

And I am quite sure it won't take much to recruit more anarchist scumbuckets to their cause. >:(
" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
Susan Levy


2 rare capital trials conducted in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. -- One capital murder trial is under way and another is about to start in New Hampshire, a state that last executed someone in 1939, has no one on death row and has no death chamber.

The first trial began Sept. 8 and involves John "Jay" Brooks, a millionaire businessman accused of orchestrating the 2005 kidnapping and murder of someone whom Brooks believed had stolen from him.

In the other case, jury selection was to begin Monday in the trial of Michael "Stix" Addison, who is charged with fatally shooting a Manchester police officer in 2006.

Death penalty opponents hope the simultaneous trials will focus attention on their cause, though they aren't planning another attempt to repeal the state's capital murder law when the Legislature convenes in January.

Both the House and Senate voted to repeal the death penalty in 2000, but then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen vetoed the bill. Last year, under the threat of a veto from Gov. John Lynch, the bill failed by 12 votes in the House.

New Hampshire's narrow capital murder law applies to a half dozen crimes, including killing a police officer, murder for hire and killing during a kidnapping. Prisoners who kill another while serving a life sentence, murder during a rape, and certain drug crimes also qualify.

"It's extremely rare for New Hampshire to have a homicide that qualifies as a death penalty case," said Michael Ramsdell, a former head of the attorney general's homicide division.

No one has been executed in nearly 70 years, and the gallows at the state prison were dismantled long ago. The law now calls for lethal injection.

The most recent convictions came in 1959, when two men were sentenced to death for murdering a Rhode Island businessman, but their lives were spared by a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that held death penalty laws as then written unconstitutional.

Since then, prosecutors have brought capital murder charges in three cases. In one, the charge was reduced to first-degree murder before trial; in another, charges were reduced for two defendants and dismissed for a third due to lack of evidence.

In the most recent case, a defendant pleaded guilty to capital murder in a deal in which he avoided facing execution for fatally shooting an Epsom police officer in 1997.

Such cases are rare not only because the state's capital murder law is narrow, but because its first-degree murder law is broad, said Ramsdell, who was involved in prosecuting the last two capital murder cases. And New Hampshire just doesn't have that many murders to begin with, he said.

With so few cases going to trial, and none since the law was last amended, neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers have an established formula for handling such cases.

"There are challenges that can be made to New Hampshire's statute and process that have never actually been decided by either the New Hampshire Supreme Court or a federal court," said Ramsdell. "Unlike places like Texas or Florida or places where there are far more executions and a lot of the law has been tested already by the highest courts, in New Hampshire you really have a pretty clean slate."

Richard McNamara, a former prosecutor, was appointed to represent the defendant in a 1982 murder-for-hire case. He remembers well the weighty responsibility of the case, which ended with his client being acquitted of a lesser charge.

"At every step you can't help but think of the magnitude of what you're doing," he said. "I can remember waking up in the middle of the night wondering what would happen if I was actually looking at a death penalty stage of a trial."

Having two concurrent cases now is just a coincidence, he said, but interesting, given that New Hampshire has narrowed its law over the years and the Legislature has moved closer to abolishing it.

"It will be very interesting to see what the population thinks of all this," he said.

Im not sure if theres a hell, but I believe in executed murderers.


Testimony ends in NH death penalty case

Associated Press - December 10, 2008 1:15 PM ET

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Testimony has ended in the Michael Addison capital murder case in New Hampshire, and the jury will begin deliberating Friday.

After presenting four rebuttal witnesses Wednesday morning, the state rested its case in the sentencing phase of the trial.

Addison has been convicted of fatally shooting Manchester police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006. The jury will soon decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison.

Over a dozen witnesses have testified that Addison had alcoholic and drug addicted parents and witnessed occasional violence at home. The defense cites that to support a life sentence.

Prosecutors are pushing for the death penalty. They say Addison has a long criminal history, will be a danger to other prisoners and that his childhood is no excuse for his crimes.



Cop-killer deserves death penalty

By Howie Carr
Sunday, December 14, 2008 - Updated 1d 2h ago
+ Recent Articles Boston Herald Columnist

How much do you want to bet that convicted cop-killer Michael "Stix" Addison starts crying buckets in court tomorrow? The bailiffs in Manchester, N.H., better have plenty of tissues ready when his limousine-liberal defense lawyers start playing the violins again for the stone-cold killer from Dorchester.

It's all part of a now-familiar script for monsters such as Stix, as he struggles to dodge what he so richly deserves: a lethal injection for murdering Manchester police officer Michael Briggs in cold blood in October 2006.

Tomorrow the jury will hear closing arguments about what sentence Stix should receive. Stix, who has been a burden on taxpayers since his alcoholic 15-year-old mother gave birth to him, has a battery of "public defenders" who have spent the last few weeks begging the Hillsborough County jury for "compassion, mercy and understanding" - you know, just what he didn't show officer Briggs, or anyone else he ever ran into.

For the benefit of the jury, Stix has been on at least one crying jag since this appalling presentencing charade began. So far the jurors have been informed that:

Stix was an aspiring rapper. (Stop me if you've heard this one before.)

He was trying to turn his life around. (Although whenever he'd be offered a job, usually he'd never return to the job site.)

He told a public agency that he had ADD - attention deficit disorder - which might have set him up to collect Social Security. When the agency offered to test him for this alleged disability, he . . . never returned.

He dearly loved his mother, who died of cocaine abuse in February 2007, even though he was once convicted of assaulting her after screaming, "You can't beat me, dog bitch!"

He was a "mischievous youth," according to his cousin, a "youth advocate" who got the future cop-killer a job as a "peer leader."

Stix's parents, neither of whom was named Addison, had three children together "though they never married," as the Union Leader delicately put it. Gee, I wonder why they never got hitched.

One of his cousins committed suicide, one died of AIDS and two friends were shot and killed. And this makes him different from anybody else . . . how?

He had "difficulty with impulse control." Whoever would have imagined that?

Of course the prosecution has been presenting its witnesses too, the other victims of this poor misguided youth who fell through the cracks of the Reagan-Bush years etc. , etc.

One witness testified how one day in 1996, at Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester, Stix came up and said, "A Cape Verdean's gonna get shot today," then put a loaded gun in his face and pulled the trigger. (The gun didn't go off). Then there was the guy at the Mexican restaurant who talked about the bullet flying over his head. Another witness testified about finding a bullet in a futon in his apartment in Manchester after Stix, in the apartment next door, had "difficulty with impulse control" and opened fire.

My prediction is the jury gives him the death penalty, but that his sleazy lawyers find some bleeding-heart judge to stop the execution. Now that'll be something to cry about.

Manchester police officer Michael Briggs was killed in 2006.



Lawmaker Seeks To Repeal Death Penalty
Law Enforcement Calls Penalty Effective Deterrent

Two months after Michael Addison received the first death penalty sentence in New Hampshire in 50 years for shooting and killing a police officer, one lawmaker says it's time to repeal the law.

The proposal generated intense debate at the State House on Tuesday. Opponents of the death penalty call it "frontier justice" and argued before the Criminal Justice Committee that it's time for the law to come off the books. But law enforcement officials called it a matter of public safety.

From the standpoint of the Manchester Police Department, the debate over the death penalty in New Hampshire is centered on the 2006 murder of Officer Michael Briggs.

"I saw the due process that Michael Addison got, and I thought it was remarkable," Chief David Mara said. "I thought the opportunity he had to spare himself was amazing. Michael Briggs didn't get any of that."

Setting the moral aspect of the death penalty aside, those who want to repeal it also cited the cost. The two capital murder trials involving Addison and John Brooks last year cost more than $1 million, and that's before the appeals process begins in both cases.

Some argued about the image having the death penalty creates for New Hampshire.

"We are not Texas. We are New Hampshire," said bill sponsor Rep. Steven Lindsey, D-Cheshire. "We attract visitors and investors to come here, and I like to think of us as the Switzerland of North America."

New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte also testified, making it clear that she believes repealing the death penalty would put police officers and judges at greater risk from desperate criminals.

"What deterrence will there be to career criminals who may already be facing a life sentence at the time they are stopped by a police officer?" Ayotte said. "Why wouldn't they pull the trigger and take the chance at getting way?"

The bill has not yet been approved for the House floor. Both sides of the controversial issue said that a review of the law is healthy.

Other death penalty bills are also being considered. One calls for a moratorium on executions until a commission can be formed to study the matter, while another would allow for death by firing squad in certain cases.
Im not sure if theres a hell, but I believe in executed murderers.

Granny B

More liberal attacks on the death penalty, to push their agendas.  How about we take the liberal law makers and turn them lose with the prisoners in the prisons for about a week?  Wonder how they would feel about giving the death penalty to those upstanding citizens, after about a week of  daily verbal, physical abuse and  :-\ raping by the prisoners?

Wonder if that would change their minds?  NAW!  They would probably get off on it, cause that is what the liberals are doing to the innocent victims with their law changes and the ACLU's help.
" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
Susan Levy


AG: group should study expanding death penalty

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Death penalty opponents are pushing for a commission they hope will lead to abolishing capital punishment in New Hampshire, but the state's top prosecutor says not so fast.

The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee recently recommended creating the study commission. If the bill becomes law, Attorney General Kelly Ayotte or someone from her office will sit on the commission, which would issue a report by the end of next year.

Ayotte says she thinks any group studying the issue ought to look not just at repealing the death penalty, but expanding it to include other crimes, such as serial killers or those who commit multiple murders in one setting.


Information from: New Hampshire Union Leader,
Im not sure if theres a hell, but I believe in executed murderers.


N.H. House votes to end death penalty

Three months after a man was sentenced to die for killing a police officer - New Hampshire's first death sentence in 50 years - the House voted yesterday to repeal capital punishment.
The chamber voted 193 to 174 to send the repeal bill to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain. Governor John Lynch, a Democrat, said he would veto the bill if it reached his desk.

"There are some crimes so heinous that I believe capital punishment is warranted," Lynch said after the vote.

Michael Addison was sentenced to death in December for killing Michael Briggs, a Manchester police officer, in 2006. No execution date has been scheduled because Addison is appealing the sentence.

Law enforcers have lined up against the repeal, led by Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, who prosecuted Addison. But the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers says death penalty sentences are unfairly applied.

Renny Cushing, a Hampton Democrat whose father was shot to death in 1988, led the fight to repeal the death penalty. After his father's killing, Cushing founded Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation.

"No matter how many times you kill, that doesn't bring anybody back," he said. Cushing asked the House to repeal the law "in the name of my father."

But Representative Stanley Stevens, a Wolfeboro Republican who supports the death penalty, listed law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty over the years. He said the law is a covenant with officers that their deaths would be avenged.

"We ask them to stand between us and lawlessness," Stevens said.

A bill to repeal the law passed the House and Senate in 2000 but was vetoed by then-Governor Jeanne Shaheen, now a US senator.

A similar bill failed last year by 12 votes in the House. The state's last execution was in 1939.

Two men were sentenced to death in the state in 1959, but their lives were spared when the US Supreme Court struck down state death penalty laws in 1972.

Ayotte reiterated her support for the law yesterday before the vote was taken.

"I think it's particularly important for our law enforcement given all they do for public safety, putting their lives on the line, that there be a potential punishment in murder cases," she said.

New Hampshire allows capital punishment for six types of crimes, including the murder of a police officer.

Death penalty opponents questioned the fairness of capital punishment, especially after millionaire John Brooks, who is white, received a life sentence in November for hiring others to kill a Derry repairman. Addison, who is black, could not afford private counsel.

Other death penalty opponents cited the high cost of capital cases.
Im not sure if theres a hell, but I believe in executed murderers.

Granny B

"The chamber voted 193 to 174 to send the repeal bill to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain. Governor John Lynch, a Democrat, said he would veto the bill if it reached his desk.

"There are some crimes so heinous that I believe capital punishment is warranted," Lynch said after the vote."

Well!!!  There's one Democrat I would vote for if I lived in his state.
" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
Susan Levy


Justice is not about bringing back the dead. It is not about revenge either. Justice is about enforcing consequences for one's own actions to endorse personal responsibility. We cannot expect anyone to take responsibility for their own actions if these consequences are not enforced in full.


CONCORD, N.H.--It's been 70 years since New Hampshire's last execution.

On July 14, 1939, Howard Long of Alton was hanged, the 12th person in state history to be put to death.

The 33-year-old Long confessed, but pleaded insanity to molesting and then fatally beating 10-year-old Neville Jensen of Laconia. A jury found him guilty and recommended capital punishment.

Jensen left home to mail a letter and was found in woods in Gilford on Sept. 10, 1937.

Earlier this year, legislators tabled a bill that would have repealed the state's death penalty, months after Michael Addison was sentenced to die for killing Police Officer Michael Briggs.
JT's Ridiculous Quote of the Century:
"I'm disgusted with the State for even putting me in this position."
-- Reginald Blanton, Texas death row.  As of October 27, 2009, Reggie's position has been in a coffin.


December 12, 2009, 09:57:55 AM Last Edit: December 12, 2009, 10:18:17 AM by Jacques
On December 4, the New Hampshire Commission to Study the Death Penalty held a hearing in Concord to examine the cost of the death penaty in the state. The twenty-two member Commission, led by retired Judge Walter Murphy, has been charged with considering several issues, including whether the death penalty is a deterrent, if it is arbitrarily applied, and if it covers the appropriate crimes.  The Commission is considering alternatives to capital punishment and the related question of whether the state spends more on a death penalty case than on a first-degree homicide case resulting in a life sentence.  The state spent more than $5.3 million on two capital cases last year, and has not had an execution since 1939.  Deputy Attorney General Orville Fitch told the committee that his office spent $1.6 million while prosecuting Michael Addison, who was ultimately sentenced to death. The state spent an additional $1.2 million for the public defender who represented Addison, a large sum when compared to the $70,000-$100,000 it costs to defend a typical first-degree case. Fitch also testified that his office spent $2.4 million prosecuting another defendant in a murder-for-hire case, in which a life sentence was returned.



"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." Albert Einstein

heidi salazar

NH House committee blocks death penalty bill

CONCORD, N.H.--New Hampshire House leaders voted Thursday to block capital murder legislation named after a Mont Vernon woman killed with a machete in her bed during a burglary.

The bill would make home invasion killings a death penalty offense. The same bill already has been filed in the Senate.

The House Rules Committee voted 6-4 Thursday along party lines to deny Mont Vernon Republican William O'Brien's request to introduce the bill after House deadlines.

Democrats shot down the request. Some noted the bill would duplicate the Senate measure. Others questioned if the request was urgent and noted that no similar law change was sought since the 2001 slayings of Dartmouth professors Half and Susanne Zantop in their home by two young men.

Deputy House Speaker Linda Foster, a Rules Committee member and Democrat from Mont Vernon, voted against the bill for those reasons. She also said the issue belongs before a special commission studying the death penalty.

O'Brien said he was disappointed that Democratic committee members found Kimberly Cates' death "so insignificant that the New Hampshire House would not have time to even discuss this particular brand of thrill killing."

Foster bristled at O'Brien's suggestion her vote was anything but a personal decision.

"I find it demeaning that someone would insinuate life and death is a partisan issue," Foster said.

Foster said her constituents have not asked her to sign onto O'Brien's bill and don't believe capital murder changes should be turned "around on a dime because of a particular incident."

House rules allow members to ask for bills to be introduced late based on an urgent or compelling need or due to unforeseen events.

Five young men have been charged in the attack. Indictments in the case are pending.

Cates, 42, was killed Oct. 4. Her 11-year-old daughter was attacked but survived.

O'Brien argues people have a right to go to their homes and be safe. He said his bill was needed to send a message that society will protect the sanctity of the home and that home invaders will be punished harshly.

Even if the measure passed, the stiffer penalty could not be applied in the Cates' case.

Under the measure, prosecutors would have to prove home invaders entered with the specific intent to kill the occupants of the house for the crime to be punishable by death.

New Hampshire's death penalty law has more restrictions than any state that allows capital punishment. New Hampshire allows capital punishment for six types of crimes, including killing a police officer.

Last year, a man was sentenced to die for killing a Manchester police officer -- the state's first death sentence in 50 years. The state's last execution took place in 1939.

The U.S. Supreme Court halted executions in 1972 and lifted the ban four years later. Of the 36 states that allow capital punishment, only New Hampshire and Kansas have had no executions since 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C.

heidi salazar

NH Senate holds hearing on death penalty bill

Associated Press - February 1, 2010 1:35 PM ET

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's Legislature historically has shied away from expanding the state's death penalty statute, but the horrific death of a Mont Vernon woman in her bed during a burglary is the inspiration behind legislation to make future home invasions a capital offense.

The bill is named after 42-year-old Kimberly Cates, who was killed with a machete Oct. 4. Her 11-year-old daughter also was attacked but survived. Five young men have been charged in the attack. Indictments are pending.

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the bill Tuesday afternoon. The House, which voted to repeal the death penalty last year, refused to allow the same bill to be introduced after its deadlines.

heidi salazar

Death Penalty Panel Plans Public Hearing
Commission Set Up To Review Capital Murder Law

CONCORD, N.H. -- A commission studying New Hampshire's death penalty law will hear from those who are for it and against it.

The commission will hold its first public hearing on Friday.

A coalition of opponents of the death penalty, including crime victims, clergy and a man who spent nearly 19 years on death row for a crime he didn't comment, are expected to turn out to speak in favor of repealing the law.

Lawmakers created the commission to review all aspects of the capital murder law.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building in Concord.

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