Bad news for Ronald Smith? Montana bill to abolish death penalty fails

CALGARY – A bill to abolish Montana’s death penalty was scuttled by a tie vote Monday in the lower house of the state legislature. The proposed law could have affected the fate of Canadian Ronald Smith, 57, one of two individuals on death row in Montana. Republican Rep. David Moore introduced the bill which would […]

House deadlocks on bill to abolish death penalty in Montana

HELENA – The state House deadlocked Monday 50-50 on a bill to abolish the death penalty in Montana, likely killing the measure for the 2015 Legislature. Rep. David “Doc” Moore, R-Missoula, the sponsor of House Bill 370, told members to “just vote your conscience” moments before the vote. He said later he’s undecided whether to […]

Bill to abolish death penalty in Montana fails after tie vote

A bill to end Montana’s death penalty stalled Monday with a tie vote in the House. House Bill 370, sponsored by Missoula Rep. Doc Moore (R), would have replaced the death penalty with life in prison without parole. The House voted 50-50, defeating it. Roundup Rep. Tom Berry (R) described his feelings about the murder of […]

Tie Vote On Death Penalty Bill

The Montana House Monday came within one vote of approving a bill to abolish the death penalty. Helena Democrat Jenny Eck read a letter signed by 55 relatives of murder victims, urging the state to do away with capital punishment “We know that elected officials who promote the death penalty often do so with the […]

Bad news for Ronald Smith? Montana bill to abolish death penalty fails

CALGARY – A bill to abolish Montana’s death penalty was scuttled by a tie vote Monday in the lower house of the state legislature. The proposed law could have affected the fate of Canadian Ronald Smith, 57, one of two individuals on death row in Montana. Republican Rep. David Moore introduced the bill which would […]

[UPDATED] House deadlocks on bill to abolish death penalty in Montana

The state House deadlocked Monday 50-50 on a bill to abolish the death penalty in Montana, likely killing the measure for the 2015 Legislature. Rep. David “Doc” Moore, R-Missoula, the sponsor of House Bill 370, told members to “just vote your conscience” moments before the vote. He said later he’s undecided whether to ask the […]

Move to abolish Montana death penalty that would save Red Deer man passes significant hurdle

Legislation to abolish Montana’s death penalty received a significant boost this week as the bill, which would impact Canadian Ronald Smith, passed a major hurdle. The judiciary committee in the lower house of Montana’s two-tier legislature stalled earlier bills to abolish the death penalty in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. They had been introduced and […]

The Death Penalty Is in Decline, So Why Is Utah Trying to Resurrect Firing Squads?

In 2014, the U.S. executed the lowest number of people in two decades. Recent cases of botched executions have brought new scrutiny and skepticism to the death penalty. Yet last week, Utah’s House of Representatives passed a measure to resurrect the firing squad. The bill is headed to the state Senate. Utah’s proposal comes as the […]

EFFORT REBORN TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY IN MONTANA

Effort reborn to abolish death penalty in Montana HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers are again considering a bill that would abolish the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without parole. Republican Rep. David Moore of Missoula introduced House Bill 370 Friday in the House Judiciary Committee. Supporters say […]

Pennsylvania governor halts death penalty

Tom Wolf cites errors, biases Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf halted all executions in his state Friday, citing the state’s “error prone” justice system and “inherent biases” among his reasons for the moratorium. “I take this action only after significant consideration and reflection,” Wolf said Friday. “There is perhaps no more weighty a responsibility assigned to […]