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 J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, authored the bill, reasoning that the death penalty is an outdated and costly means of punishment.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

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