CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The former chief justice of New Hampshire's Supreme Court is urging senators to repeal the state's death penalty, saying New Hampshire is better than countries like North Korea and Iraq that embrace capital punishment.

John Broderick, now dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, said he once reluctantly supported the death penalty.

Broderick now says he believes judges shouldn't administer a sentence that doesn't come with an eraser.

Broderick - who served as chief justice for six years - told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that life in prison is an adequate sentence served out in a place he described as sad and hopeless.

The House passed the repeal measure 225-104 last month. Lawmakers predict a close vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.


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