Capital Punishment: Is Sanity Coming to Maryland?

The Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment says the state death penalty carries the real possibility of executing innocent people. 

The commission voted Wednesday to recommend an end to Maryland’s 30-year-old capital punishment law, The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday, noting the commission also found the death penalty system may be biased against African-Americans.

“The capital punishment system as it is administered and exists in Maryland doesn’t really work” and is “arbitrary and capricious,” said commission chairman Benjamin R. Civiletti, a Baltimore lawyer who served as U.S. attorney general under President Jimmy Carter.

via UPI: Maryland panel urges end to executions

Baltimore Sun Timeline of State-Sanctioned Killing in Maryland

The final decision rests with the General Assembly, where previous repeal efforts have failed despite the backing of Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Roman Catholic who ardently opposes the death penalty, the Sun reported.

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