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Connecticut Bans Death Penalty, Texas Executes Another Prisoner

Connecticut's highest court has ruled the death penalty is unconstitutional in that U.S. state because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.  Hours earlier another state, Texas, carried out its 10th execution this year. The contradictory death penalty events reflect the conflicting views about capital punishment in the United States, where 31 states permit executions and 19 do not.  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the death penalty is legal and 19 prisoners have been...

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