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Conn. Supreme Court takes up death penalty repeal

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

The Connecticut Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on whether the state's repeal of the death penalty for future crimes violates the constitutional rights of the 11 men on the state's death row.

Justices are scheduled to hear the case Tuesday.

The arguments come in the case of former Torrington resident Eduardo Santiago, who was sentenced to death for the 2000 killing of a West Hartford man in exchange for a broken snowmobile.

The state Supreme Court overturned the death sentence and ordered a new penalty phase last year. But the ruling came two months after the state repealed the death penalty for murders committed after April 24, 2012.

Justice will decide whether the repeal law bars the state from executing the death row inmates.

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