Maryland abolishes death penalty, milestone for capital punishment opponents

05/02/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Maryland – The Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley, signed to repeal the death penalty on Thursday. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the passage makes Maryland the sixth state to abolish the death penalty over the course of many years.

O’Malley, a Democrat and Roman Catholic opposed to capital punishment, is quoted by the AP as stating following the signing of the bill, “I don’t know exactly what the timing is, but over the longer arc of history I think you’ll see more and more states repeal the death penalty… It’s wasteful. It’s ineffective. It doesn’t work to reduce violent crime.”

Opponents of capital punishment deemed the signing a milestone, while death penalty supporters offered criticism suggesting that protections for the public had been taken away by the bill’s passage.

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