HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -
The vote to repeal Connecticut's death penalty brought a moment of
triumph for Elizabeth Brancato, a lifelong opponent of capital
punishment despite the murder of her mother in 1979.
Brancato had lobbied
lawmakers for years, becoming more resolved against capital punishment
as she met families of other victims frustrated by endless appeals. She
also started a blog to highlight the voices of other victims' relatives
in favor of repeal that she felt were overshadowed in the debate.
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