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.
Tag: capital punishment
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.
Two days ago, I posted about Gov. Martin O’Malley’s attempt at a repeal of the death penalty in Maryland. Specifically, I questioned his choice to build an economic argument against capital punishment when it’s primarily a moral issue. I noted O’Malley’s commission’s claim that the death penalty costs Maryland about three times as much as life imprisonment.
At the annual Business Journal summit, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said, “Wind energy” — meaning Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposal to install wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City — “will pass the General Assembly this session.” The Baltimore Sun reports that the governor himself feels great about his chances with an assault weapons ban. And Miller thinks O’Malley’s “persuasive techniques, of which he has many,” will be enough for the governor to secure the votes to repeal the death penalty.
With a renewed struggle over the death penalty looming in the General Assembly, one public defender is arguing that capital punishment in Maryland is only for treason anyway. Brian Saccenti, representing a man convicted of a 1997 murder has offered the Court of Appeals the argument that Maryland’s constitution provides for capital punishment only for “crimes that threaten the stability of the state government.”
Gov. Martin O’Malley doesn’t like the death penalty — I’m assuming it’s because he prefers to let convicts rot in jail (even years after their guilt has come into serious question).
No doubt still high off his recent same-sex marriage win, Gov. Martin O’Malley is considering another piece of progressive legislation to add to his legacy — a repeal of the death penalty. It’s something he’s tried unsuccessfully in the past, but capital punishment is gradually falling out of favor with the public. So there may be a chance.