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Maryland abolishes death penalty

As of October 1, no one else will be sentenced to death in Maryland.

Edited by Max Weiss - December 2013

20 Events of 2013: Maryland abolishes death penalty

As of October 1, no one else will be sentenced to death in Maryland.

Edited by Max Weiss - December 2013


Five men in the state still sit on death row and could potentially be executed, but as of October 1, no one else will be sentenced to death in Maryland.

Leading up to last year's General Assembly, legislation to end capital punishment hadn't been expected to even reach the floor for a full vote. But in a nod to growing public sentiment, Senate President Mike Miller—not a supporter of repealing capital punishment—changed judiciary committee assignments and hope for the measure suddenly appeared.

Organizations like Maryland Citizens Against State Executions, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and the NAACP threw their weight behind the legislation, sponsored and ultimately signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Exonerated former death row inmate Kirk Bloodsworth, who fought to end capital punishment ever since his incarceration nearly 30 years ago, leapt and threw his hands into the air in the State House balcony as the votes were cast.

“No innocent man will ever be convicted and sentenced to death again. Not in my state."—exonerated former death row inmate Kirk Bloodsworth




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