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NH death penalty opponents push repeal effort

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By LYNNE TUOHY
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire lawmakers will hold their first hearing on a renewed push to repeal the death penalty.

The repeal measure being heard Thursday has brought together a striking mix of liberal and conservative supporters.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan said she would sign a repeal bill into law, provided it doesn't upset the death sentence of Michael Addison, convicted and sentenced to die for the 2006 shooting death of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court in November upheld Addison's convictions and sentence.

The Legislature voted to repeal the death penalty in 2000, but then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen vetoed the bill.

The repeal measure - if passed - would take effect Jan. 1.

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