Death Penalty Bill


HELENA – The Colosseum in Rome was lit up Monday night in celebration of Montana’s efforts to abolish the death penalty. The State Senate passed the bill last week that would replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A group called the Community of Saint Egidio and the Council of Rome have called for the celebratory lighting. They usually acknowledge the abolition of the death penalty anywhere with the lighting, but this is the first time it’s being done before the process is finished.

“Montana is unique and because of our independent attitudes in Montana, if abolition occurs here, it sets the stage for abolition in other parts of the united states,” says Moe Wosepka, president of the Montana Abolition Coalition.

Wosepka says he thinks the recognition by this group will help with the bill’s passage. The House Judiciary Committee will hear the bill on March 25th.