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Jul 28, 2011

Delaware prepares for first execution since 2005

DOVER, Del. — Delaware is moving closer to executing its first prisoner since 2005 as time runs out for the legal appeals of a man convicted of killing a woman with an ax. Robert Jackson III is scheduled to die by lethal injection early Friday, between 12:01 a.m. and 3 a.m. On Wednesday, the Delaware […]

Jul 22, 2011

Georgia’s videotaped execution sets new precedent

ATLANTA — The video camera that recorded the execution of a Georgia death row inmate did more than give attorneys an account of the man’s reaction to a new lethal injection drug. Death penalty experts say it could also lead to a flurry of new legal moves seeking more public access to secretive death chambers. […]

Apr 26, 2011

3rd Circuit grants new sentencing for Mumia Abu-Jamal

PHILADELPHIA — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a new sentencing hearing for convicted police killer and death-row activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, finding for a second time that the death-penalty instructions given to the jury at his 1982 trial were potentially misleading. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals told prosecutors to conduct the new […]

Apr 17, 2011

Editorial Advisory Board: Maryland’s death penalty belongs in the past

Maryland does and does not have capital punishment. It’s on the books, and our Death Row hosts five murderers to prove it. But no one has been executed here since 2005, when a chemical cocktail made its way through Wesley Eugene Baker’s veins and sent him to Kingdom Come for brutally murdering a 49-year-old teacher’s […]

Apr 14, 2011

Week in review: 4/15/11

Hotel gas leak lawsuits settled In Baltimore, 34 Ruth’s Chris restaurant workers who claim they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from a Pier 5 Hotel leak in 2008 have settled their claims during a mediation ordered by the Court of Special Appeals. Convicted in killing Sian James, who testified he acted in self-defense when he threw a […]

Apr 12, 2011

Court: Death-penalty trial can proceed

ANNAPOLIS — The death-penalty trial of a man accused of stabbing a Jessup prison guard to death can proceed, Maryland’s top court said Tuesday. The Court of Appeals, in a one-sentence order, lifted a stay it issued, pending appeal, in January preventing the trial of Lee E. Stephens from beginning in Anne Arundel County Circuit […]

Apr 8, 2011

Prison guard’s accused killer seeks delay in trial

With another bid to end capital punishment in Maryland about to die with the General Assembly session, the intent of the lawmakers who passed a compromise measure to restrict the death penalty two years ago took center stage in the state’s highest court on Friday. The case marks the Court of Appeals’ first look at […]

Apr 4, 2011

Death penalty reinstated for man convicted of 2 murders

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the death penalty for a man convicted in a double murder despite complaints that his lawyers did not offer evidence of his psychological condition at his penalty trial. The high court overturned an appeals court decision to throw out the death penalty for Scott Pinholster because of […]

Mar 15, 2011

Death penalty debated before committee

ANNAPOLIS — A former Maryland House Speaker and a man who served time on death row before being exonerated urged lawmakers Tuesday to repeal capital punishment in the state. Opposing them were a county state’s attorney and law enforcement associations, who called the death penalty appropriate for the most heinous murders. The two sides battled […]

Feb 23, 2011

Jurors recommend death in police killing

GEORGETOWN, Del. — A jury that convicted a Maryland man of murder in the shooting of a Georgetown police officer recommended Wednesday that he be sentenced to death. The Sussex County jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before recommending 7-5 that 24-year-old Derrick Powell of Cumberland, Md., be executed for the 2009 shooting of […]

Feb 15, 2011

Opponents file new bills to abolish death penalty in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS — Two staunch death-penalty opponents have again introduced legislation to abolish capital punishment in Maryland. Del. Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg and Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, both Baltimore Democrats, have been unsuccessful in prior efforts to repeal the ultimate sanction. But Rosenberg expressed confidence that this year will be different. “We did not have [the […]

Feb 10, 2011

Maryland pulls death penalty regs from state panel

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration announced Thursday that it was withdrawing proposed lethal injection rules from consideration by a legislative panel, a move that effectively extends a de facto moratorium on capital punishment in Maryland. The announcement was made on the same day that lawmakers who oppose the death penalty vowed to push again […]

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