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Sep 28, 2015 6:24 PM

NH public defender challenges state death penalty


CONCORD – A NH Public Defender is asking the state to reconsider the death penalty and declare the punishment unconstitutional.

David Rothstein represents Michael Addison, a man condemned to death for shooting a Manchester police officer in 2006.

Rothstein cited the NH statue demanding executions must be taken out with either by hanging or with a specific drug.

However, Rothstein claims hanging is not appropriate for modern decency and stated the European company that manufactures the drug won’t provide the U.S. the drug for executions.

The motion against the state also notes that the California was required to build a $1 million lethal injection chamber in 2007 in order to comply with the 8th amendment.


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