HARTFORD, Conn. – Retired state Supreme Court Justice David M. Borden was stalking lawmakers outside the Senate chamber Monday night in a last-minute push to pass a judicial mechanism to reconsider the sentences of juvenile offenders.
Borden, who chairs the nonpartisan state Sentencing Commission, was hoping to create momentum for the bill his commission has backed for the past two years.The bill looked like it was headed for defeat. Opponents have attached 22 amendments to the bill, more than enough to talk it to death if it were raised on the floor with less than two days left in the legislative session.
“We’re trying to persuade as many people as we can because we think it’s a very good bill,” Borden said minutes before bringing it up with Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney.
The bill is the Sentencing Commission’s answer to a growing body of case law from the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the position that juvenile criminals are less culpable and therefore less deserving of severe punishment than are their adult counterparts.
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