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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:29 PM

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley to seek repeal of death penalty

Source: Guardian

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley to seek repeal of death penalty

O'Malley says punishment does not prevent violent crime as state bids to become 18th in union to abolish death penalty

Ed Pilkington in New York
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 15 January 2013 17.30 EST

The governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, has announced that he will seek to repeal the death penalty, in a move that would make his state the sixth in as many years to discard the ultimate punishment.

At the start of his final term as governor, that ends in 2016, O'Malley said he would use the full weight of his office to see the abrogation of capital punishment in Maryland. "The death penalty does not work in terms of preventing violent crime," he said.

This is the second time that O'Malley has attempted to repeal capital punishment in his state. In 2009 the effort was foiled when an abolition bill got stuck in committee, though this time supporters of repeal say they will force a full referendum should legislators attempt to block the reform again.

Maryland is a relatively small state with fewer than 6 million people, but how it handles the death penalty debate in the coming weeks will be closely watched, given its proximity to Washington and to the south, where most executions are now carried out. Should abolition be achieved this year, Maryland would become the sixth state in six years to throw out capital punishment, joining Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York.


Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/15/maryland-governor-seeks-repeal-death-penalty

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:33 PM

1. Though I agree with him.

It might put a hamper on his presidential aspirations.

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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:34 PM

2. Curb the death penalty. Curb guns. Curb war. nt

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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:53 PM

3. Nice to see other states joining us

Yes, NM, heart of the wild west, has also abandoned the DP.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:56 PM

4. Who could not like this piece of news?

Ah yes... the tanatholaters.

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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:19 PM

5. O'Malley is rumored

to be a contender in 2016. I could really go for him, I think.

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