The state Senate considered many exemptions to the death penalty repeal bill: exemptions for murderers of police officers, correctional officers, or children; contract killers; multiple murderers; and others.
But in the end, despite the emotional appeals and the sometimes persuasive logic — for example, that the death penalty be reserved as a deterrent for inmates already serving life sentences — the Senate passed the repeal wholesale.
Despite my personal support of a repeal, I can’t help but think that the Senate’s passage of the bill with no amendments (and they failed by wide margins) speaks more to the political monolith that is the Democratic party in Maryland than to the unwavering moral compass of the legislators.
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