Monday, December 15, 2008


Maryland Commission Votes for Repeal

The Maryland Commission to study capital punishment voted 13-9 in favor of repealing the death penalty.

"Its report to the General Assembly outlines the commission's findings after listening to 35 hours of testimony over five months, including the determination that it is possible to execute an innocent person and that racial and jurisdictional biases play into the application of the death penalty."

"There is no good and sufficient reason to have the death penalty," Chairman Benjamin R. Civiletti said at a news conference. Explaining the commission's recommendation of repeal rather than reform, he said, "There are so many faults, so many flaws within the system that we could not imagine ... ways in which to cure it."

Read the rest of this Baltimore Sun article by clicking HERE.


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