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N.J. Bill to Ban Death Penalty Advances

Posted May 11, 2007 9:36 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A New Jersey Senate committee has passed a bill to make the state the first to abolish the death penalty after reinstating it.

If the measure passes, New Jersey will be the 13th state without a death penalty, according to the New York Times.

The committee chairman predicted the full Senate would approve the bill, but the bill’s sponsor said chances of success were about 50-50.

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