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Miller on capital punishment, O’Malley and the Beltway Sniper

During an interview last week with The Daily Record’s Nick Sohr, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. took a moment to reflect on his positions on capital punishment in the state — with clear opposition to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s stance.

“In effect the governor has, by executive fiat, made certain that no one gets executed during his eight years in public office by not looking for another drug, by not proposing rules and regulations by which the drug is administered,” Miller said. “It’s unfortunate in my opinion that the laws of the state aren’t being implemented.”

Miller went on to say that in such cases as John Allen Muhammad — executed in 2009 for the Beltway Sniper attacks that terrorized the Capitol region in the fall of 2002 — capital punishment is the appropriate response.

“People like that forfeit their right to existence,” he said. “We had to depend upon Virginia to do our job for us.”

Watch a video clip of Miller talking about his views on capital punishment in Maryland.