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Maryland Death Penalty Moves Closer to Repeal

The House of Delegates rejects 18 amendments to a Senate bill that abolishes capital punishment.

The abolition of the death penalty in Maryland is one step closer to reality with a preliminary vote by the House of Delegates Wednesday night.

The House debated the bill for more than two hours with proponents defeating 18 amendments. Only one of the amendments was offered by a Democrat, Del. C.T. Wilson of Charles County.

The amendments attempted to change the bill from a full-blown repeal to a partial repeal, keeping capital punishment for contract killers, mass murderers, those who rape and murder or the killers of schoolchildren.

The bill now moves to a final vote scheduled for Friday. Opponents of the repeal can still offer amendments before a final vote is taken.

Both sides expect that any bill passed will ultimately end up as a referendum question on the 2014 ballot. Opponents are expected to be able to muster enough signatures to force the repeal to referendum next fall.

Goucher College Wednesday released a poll showing that 51 percent of Marylanders surveyed wanted to keep the death penalty on the books.

Steve March 16, 2013 at 08:05 PM
I made a typo. I forgot the 1 before the 8. Maryland becomes the 19th state to ban capital punishment.
Shawn March 16, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Oh....yea that totally makes a difference.....because everyone knows that 19 is greater than 8.... yes that makes sense. That said, it has absolutely nothing to do with deterring murderous criminals. Answer this Steve, if you were in a room on the 50th floor of a high rise building with 100 people, and 99 of those 100 people told you it's safe to jump out the window, would you take their word and jump out that window? I think you would based solely on your delusional assumption that because more states are eliminating the death penalty it must be the correct thing to do.
Shawn March 16, 2013 at 08:45 PM
See there you go!
Shaka Zulu March 19, 2013 at 03:24 PM
and lets let everyone grow dope, smoke dope. we are run by democrats plain and simple.
Shaka Zulu March 19, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Every criminal that has been put down, has never come back to the system compared to about 95% that are released always return. take their good parts and feed the crabs with their other parts, they did not care about human life when they we sentenced.

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