Conn. Supreme Court takes up death penalty repeal

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A state public defender told the Connecticut Supreme Court that the state's repeal of the death penalty for future murders last year violates the constitutional rights of death row inmates still facing execution.

Justices heard arguments Tuesday on whether the repeal of capital punishment for murders committed after April 24, 2012, is unfair to the 11 men on Connecticut's death row. A ruling isn't expected for several months.

The arguments came in the case of former Torrington resident Eduardo Santiago, who was sentenced to death for a 2000 killing in West Hartford. The Supreme Court overturned his death sentence and ordered a new penalty phase last year after the death penalty was repealed.

Public defender Mark Rademacher argued the repeal is unconstitutional. Assistant State's Attorney Harry Weller disagreed.

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