Widow of slain New Hampshire officer testifies against death penalty repeal

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The widow of a Manchester police officer who was killed in 2006 is urging New Hampshire lawmakers to preserve the state’s death penalty.

Laura Briggs testified Tuesday against a bill to repeal capital punishment. It passed the House earlier this month and is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The state hasn’t executed anyone since 1939, and the repeal bill would not apply retroactively to Michael Addison, who killed Officer Michael Briggs and is the state’s only death row inmate.

Laura Briggs, who has largely stayed out of the public debate, told lawmakers that the death penalty isn’t about revenge, it’s about protecting society from evil.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed an identical bill last year, but both the House and Senate now appear to have veto-proof majorities in favor of repeal.

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