Vermont

General Information

Death Penalty: No
Date of Abolition: 1972

Capital: Montpelier
Population: 625,741
Governor: Phil Scott
Legislative Information: Senate
House of Representatives

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History of the Death Penalty
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Green Mountains, by mmmaria_photos via photobucket.


History of the Death Penalty

Famous Cases

Robert Drew, a Vermont native, was executed in Texas on August 2, 1994. Drew maintained his innocence, but was denied a hearing on new evidence. Prominent Vermonters, including then-Governor Howard Dean, Representative Bernard Sanders, and Catholic Bishop Kenneth Angell asked Texas Governor Ann Richards for clemency for Drew.

Notable Exonerations

In 1819, two brothers in Manchester were sentenced to death for the alleged murder of their brother-in-law. The brothers were spared at the last moment, however, when the supposed “dead” man showed up in town.

Milestones in Abolition/Reinstatement

In 1838, Vermont's legislature defeated an abolition bill by only three votes. If the bill had passed, it would have made Vermont the first state to abolish the death penalty.


Resources

ACLU of Vermont

Department of Corrections

State's Attorneys and Sheriffs' Association

Public defender's office

Victims' services


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