Paul Braun and Devon Sanders
LSU Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE —A Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would eliminate the death penalty in Louisiana effective August 1.
Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, authored the bill, reasoning that the death penalty is an outdated and costly means of punishment.
“The death penalty is an archaic holdover from a time where we were not as civilized as we are today,” Morrell said.
Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, provided the only vocal opposition. He argued that abolishing the death penalty would have no effect on the state’s high rate of violent