In the Maryland state Senate we’re one step closer to repealing the death penalty. The measure just made its way passed the Judicial Proceedings Committee (by a narrow 6-5 margin), where it has gotten hung up repeatedly in the past. And according to WJZ-TV, the bill is as good as passed in the full Senate, where there are more than enough votes to repeal.
Like the gun-control proposals, this bill is rolling forward without a real “dialogue” about it — just cynical political maneuverings, and a very disputed claim that life without parole is more economical. But of course, Steven Spielberg would have you believe that that’s how we got the Thirteenth Amendment passed, too. So maybe that’s just the way.