CRIMINAL JUSTICE

  The New Hampshire Legislature has banned capital punishment, overturning the veto of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. The outcome was narrow but anticipated.  And, for opponents of the death penalty, it was a long time coming.

New Hampshire has abolished capital punishment.

The state Senate voted Thursday morning to override Gov. Chris Sununu's veto of the bill to repeal the death penalty. The vote follows the New Hampshire House's vote last week to overturn the veto.

New Hampshire is now the 21st U.S. state to have abolished capital punishment, after its legislature voted to override a veto by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. After a years-long effort to repeal the state's death penalty, the state's Senate voted 16-8 Thursday to finally make it official.

Calling capital punishment "archaic, costly, discriminatory and violent," Democratic state Sen. Melanie Levesque said the time has come to end it, according to New Hampshire Public Radio.

The Sheffield, Massachusetts, police department has been investigating allegations of child sexual abuse that allegedly occurred about 40 years ago. Although the case is open, the police say the investigation is at a standstill.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The Berkshire District Attorney's office said in March that it was investigating a decades-old child sexual assault case. But the office now says it misspoke.

George Perrot in a recent photo circulated by the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism / Brandeis University

A Massachusetts man who was released from prison after serving 30 years for a Springfield rape he says he didn't commit is facing new charges.

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