Friday, January 16, 2009

Gov O'Malley Leads on Abolition of Death Penalty

Washington Post - Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) 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, signaling his desire to make the issue a chief accomplishment as he enters the second half of his term.


Based on the results of the study conducted by the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment, it seems Maryland may follow the lead of New Jersey and abolish this failed policy. While support for the death penalty continues to fall, it takes courage to stand against those who support it, including prosecutors.

More states will follow as better information falls into the hands of citizens. We can ill afford the continuation of a policy that fails on so many accounts, including the exploitation of victims and their families and friends.

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