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Michael Lawlor

Supreme Court Scrutinizes Inmate's Challenge To Provision In Death Penalty Repeal

In highly anticipated arguments Tuesday before the Connecticut Supreme Court, a convicted killer's lawyer offered what he called a simple solution to settling the controversy over a death penalty repeal that excluded inmates already on death row.

"You send it back to the legislature and you tell them this provision is unconstitutional and then they can do what they want to do," Senior Assistant Public Defender Mark Rademacher said.

But Supreme Court Justice Flemming L. Norcott Jr. questioned such simplicity.

"Conceivably you could end up winning this battle and losing the overall war with respect to the future of the death penalty, right?" Norcott...