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Md. politics show signs of moving further left

After years of trying, Gov. Martin O’Malley finally has won legislative approval of two priorities of his administration: a ban on capital punishment and a measure to develop offshore wind. What helped cause the breakthrough? Political scientists say a state ...

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Editorial: Repeal protects wrongly convicted (access required)

Maryland legislators took an important step forward this week in ensuring that no innocent people will be put to death at the hands of the state. With Wednesday’s approval of a death penalty repeal by the Senate, Maryland is poised to become the 18th state to ban the practice. The District of Columbia also does not allow executions.

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Death penalty: Battle for hearts and minds (access required)

The Senate on Friday began debate on legislation to repeal capital punishment in Maryland, with abolitionist legislators saying the death penalty does not deter heinous crimes and carries the risk that a wrongly convicted person could be executed.

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Capital punishment already dead in Md., some prosecutors say

ANNAPOLIS — A bill that would repeal the death penalty in Maryland appears to have the votes needed to clear the Senate, adding momentum to Gov. Martin O’Malley and proponents’ push for repeal. But some prosecutors and other death penalty ...

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Md. death-row inmate: Capital punishment limited to treason (access required)

A condemned killer’s lawyer urged Maryland’s top court Thursday to strike down his death sentence based on a never-before addressed provision of the state constitution, which he said limits capital punishment to acts of treason against the state government.

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