Saturday, April 19, 2008
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) announced Thursday that he is considering whether or not Maryland's lethal injection protocol should examined in a study by a new commission on capital punishment that was formed by the General Assembly. The commission will focus on "racial, jurisdictional and economic disparities" in the administration of capital punishment. Meanwhile, there are five prisoners on "death row," and Maryland Republicans are increasingly vocal in their criticisms. They believe the Governor is simply not enforcing the law because he doesn't like it. House Republican Leader Anthony O'Donnell says, "If this governor wants to grant heinous murderers a pardon, he has the right to do that. But he does not have the right to suspend the law and that's what he's doing by failing to issue these protocols." See story here.