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Md. Senate gives initial OK to life-without-parole sentencing bill (access required)

Measure would clarify judges' role

ANNAPOLIS – The Senate on Thursday gave preliminary approval to legislation that would make clear that legislators, in repealing capital punishment in 2013, intended for judges – not juries – to decide whether convicted first-degree murderers deserve the state’s new ultimate punishment, life in prison without the possibility of parole. The law, as written, currently provides ...

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