Are alleged sentencing arbitrariness in death penalty cases and a shift in public opinion setting the death penalty on the road to the U.S. Supreme Court? Last year, of the 31 states that allow capital punishment only seven states carried out executions. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have abolished the death penalty entirely, seven of them in the last decade. There has been one execution in Connecticut in the past 55 years. Against this backdrop, Connecticut tried to partially repeal the death penalty while keeping it in place, it would seem, to punish two death row inmates whose crime shocked the state and the nation.