Certain crimes in Connecticut are punishable by death, though the state has executed only one man -- Michael Ross -- in the past 50 years. The 2007 murders of the Petit family have cast a giant shadow over recent legislative discussions on capital punishment. A repeal bill cleared the General Assembly in 2009 but was vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Last year, a repeal effort fell apart after two key senators said they could not support it in light of the Petit murders. Opponents of capital punishment recently vowed to press on with their cause, though getting controversial legislation passed in an election year presents an additional complication. Connecticut has 11 people on death row -- including both men convicted of the Petit murders.
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