Death-penalty ban fails in Montana House committee

February 22, 2013, 1:30 pm

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to ban the death penalty in Montana is once again being rejected by a state House committee.

The GOP-led House Judiciary Committee on Friday rejected the proposal to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The same proposal died in the same committee two years ago.

Supporters of House Bill 370 hoped they had a better chance after garnering some Republican support. Backers are likely to still seek full debate on the House floor.

Death penalty foes say it is an inhumane punishment that leads to lengthy and costly appeals, while putting the state at risk of killing an innocent man.

Supporters of the punishment say it serves as a deterrent and provides justice for heinous crimes.

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