DNA evidence can free a man from death row, but some local law enforcement agencies aren’t following state rules on DNA evidence reporting.
Gov. Martin O’Malley and the General Assembly approved new gun control laws, repealed the death penalty, and funded a wind energy project during the 2013 legislative session.
The Maryland House voted 82-56 Friday in favor of repealing the death penalty. Once Gov. Martin O’Malley signs the bill, Maryland will become the 18th state to abolish capital punishment.
Several Maryland delegates are preparing to argue to keep the death penalty for certain aggravating circumstances. The death penalty repeal bill will be debated in the House Wednesday.
After three days of debates on amendments, the Maryland Senate is expected to pass a bill to repeal the death penalty Wednesday.
Proposed death penalty repeal brings into question fate of three inmates sentenced to death in the early 1980’s, when life without parole was not on the books.
Gov. Martin O’Malley told senators the death penalty is expensive and ineffective and Maryland should become the 18th state to abolish it.
Ahead of next week’s hearing of a bill supported by Gov. Martin O’Malley that would repeal the death penalty in Maryland, some state’s attorneys argue the ultimate punishment already doesn’t really exist in the state.
Members of Maryland’s religious community gathered signatures for a letter showing support for the repeal of the death penalty Wednesday in Annapolis.