CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s House is considering legislation that would make all murders eligible for the death penalty.

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee recommends passing the bill to the Senate.

State law currently allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty under seven circumstances: the murder of an on-duty law enforcement officer or judge; murder for hire; murder committed in connection with a rape or kidnapping; murder committed during certain drug offenses; murder committed while the defendant is already serving a life sentence; and murder during a burglary or home invasion.

The bill does not require prosecutors to pursue a death sentence, but gives them the option.

The House could vote on it as early as this week.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (2)
  1. Italo says:

    How lovely. We’re so lucky in New England to have our own local version of Texas, but with pine trees and snow, in the form of the state of New Hampshire.

    1. gramps says:

      While in Massachusetts…..

      NORTON, Mass. (CBS/AP) — Police say a 66-year-old woman walking her two dogs after sunset has been shot and wounded by a hunter who claimed that he thought she was a deer.

      The hunter, according to State Police, is a State Trooper who was off duty at the time.


      She didn’t ‘Duck & Cover’!


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