Hunger Striking Inmate Moved Off Death Row

Eduardo Santiago will get privileges unavailable to death-row inmates

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    Eduardo Santiago is on death row, but the case has been delayed until after the state Supreme Court decides whether the state's repeal of capital punishment last year is constitutional.

    A Connecticut inmate who launched a hunger strike to protest his confinement conditions has been moved off death row more than a year after his sentence was overturned.

    Eduardo Santiago tells The Associated Press that he is now in a new cell at the Northern Correctional Institution, and has been told he will have access to privileges that are unavailable to death-row inmates.

    Santiago began a hunger strike two weeks ago to protest his continuing detention on death row despite a June 2012 Supreme Court ruling that threw out his sentence and ordered a new sentencing hearing for a 2000 murder-for-hire.

    Santiago says the move lifts the stigma of being a death-row inmate.

    Department spokeswoman Karen Martucci says the decision to relocate Santiago was unrelated to his protest.

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