N.H. Supreme Court to issue ruling on death penalty

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's Supreme Court will release its ruling on the constitutionality of the state's death penalty law and whether the death sentence of the state's only death row convict will stand.

The court announced that it will release its ruling in the appeal of Michael Addison Wednesday at 1 p.m. Court officials say the ruling will be in excess of 100 pages.

Addison was convicted and sentenced to death in 2008 for gunning down Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs as Briggs attempted to arrest him after a violent robbery spree.

If the court upholds Addison's sentence, he could become the first convicted killer executed in New Hampshire since 1939.

If the court vacates Addison's death sentence on constitutional grounds, prosecutors would be barred from again seeking a death sentence.


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