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November 25, 2012

More buzz about possible death penalty repeal in Maryland

Sunday's Washington Post has this lengthy article discussion the state and fate of Maryland's death penalty.  The piece is headlined "As O’Malley eyes repeal, Md. death row remains at ‘impasse’," and here are excerpts:

Coming off some high-profile wins at the ballot box this month, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is considering another run at repealing the death penalty when lawmakers reconvene in January, aides say.  It’s an issue that could add to his progressive legacy.

But even if the law remains on the books, advocates on both sides agree that O’Malley (D) is all but certain to finish his two terms in office without having presided over a single execution of one of the state’s five condemned prisoners.

That’s largely because O’Malley’s administration has yet to implement regulations required for executions to resume, nearly six years after Maryland’s highest court halted use of capital punishment on a technicality.  And there’s little reason to believe the politically ambitious governor will do so in his remaining two years, as drug shortages and other factors have complicated the mechanics of lethal injection in other states.

“It’s legislating by inaction,” said Sen. Joseph M. Getty (R-Carroll), a member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and an O’Malley critic.  “I’m among the members of the General Assembly who would like to see the law followed.”...

While it’s unclear if there are enough votes to repeal the law altogether, many lawmakers doubt there are enough votes, particularly in the House of Delegates, to adopt a new law that would restart executions.  “I think there’s an impasse,” said Del. Anne Healey (D-Prince George’s), a death penalty foe.

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[ [ "Gov. Martin O’Malley is considering another run at repealing the death penalty...
"...both sides agree that O’Malley (D) is all but certain to [refuse to] presid[e] over a single execution" (ed.) ] ]

All too typical tyrant.
"when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn"

Posted by: Adamakis | Nov 26, 2012 9:54:39 AM

Tha O'Mailie anns an taigh:

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) [though sworn to "support the Constitution and Laws" of Maryland and the United States], said yesterday that he will for the first time
=-= personally sponsor a bill and do "everything in [his] power" to abolish capital punishment in Maryland";

=-= "he plans to invest heavy political capital to persuade the General Assembly to pass a repeal bill…even asking lawmakers to work around a Senate committee…";

=-= since 2007, "O'Malley has declined to issue new regulations allowing executions to resume.".

Posted by: Adamakis | Nov 26, 2012 10:10:18 AM

It wouldn't surprise me if more states start looking at the death penalty and think about doing the same thing

Posted by: David | Nov 26, 2012 11:39:10 AM

We need an education campaign.

Right now, more than 40% of people mistakenly believe that imposition of death sentences is less expensive than enforcing LWOP sentences. If more and more people learn that the actual cost of carrying out the typical death sentence dwarfs the cost of carrying out the typical LWOP sentence, cost/benefit analysis will continue to turn the tide against the death penalty.

The economic argument will work with those who are not simply moved by the barbaric, immoral nature of the death penalty.

None of the death penalty supporters who post on this blog will support the dissemination of information about the costs of the death penalty. They want ignorance to reign, so as to perpetuate their regime of death. Their mindset is similar to the profoundly disturbed supporters of the drug war who have no problem with sheer nonsense of listing marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance.

Posted by: Scarlett Rose | Nov 26, 2012 12:29:38 PM

Scarlett Rose --

"The economic argument will work with those who are not simply moved by the barbaric, immoral nature of the death penalty."

And who says it's barbaric and immoral? Not Lincoln. Not Washington. Not FDR.

Oh, YOU DO. Well, you must be right, of course. Gosh, have you ever been wrong?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Nov 26, 2012 1:31:42 PM

It is cheeky for opponents of the death penalty to go all out in pretext and made up defenses to obstruct the death penalty, then to argue, it is too expensive, when it is the defense that caused the high cost.

The opponent of the death penalty is reluctant to let the condemned choose. They know best the conditions in LWOP. Many prefer the death penalty, making it less cruel, according to the people who know best, the condemned.

Also, you refuse to acknowledge that LWOP is a license to kill better than that of James Bond. He has to be second guessed by civil service and lib politicians. No such inconvenience if one has LWOP.

Consequence of killing in prison? Lose your cafeteria privileges.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 26, 2012 5:35:15 PM

@Scarlett Rose
You criticize ignorance in others but your statements are full of ignorance and broad generalizations.

And while we're at it, when will the anti-death penalty lobby stop spreading the fallacy that imprisoning killers effectively keeps them from killing again?

Posted by: MikeinCT | Nov 26, 2012 6:26:53 PM

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