Saturday, September 14, 2013

Maryland: The Politics of Death, the Presidency and Mercy

At ABCNews, Brian White of the Associated Press has a lengthy, but well-written piece on Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who, although "an outspoken death penalty opponent" has yet to commute the sentences of the state's 5 "death row inmates." In a way, the piece asserts the premise by advertising that O'Malley is "considering a 2016 presidential run."

O'Malley says he will consider the sentences on a "case-by-case basis" once a "request" is made, but everyone knows he has the power to commute sentences without formal request. The piece notes that O'Malley has commuted the sentence of "a then-14-year-old boy involved in a fatal robbery" and a woman "convicted of felony murder in 1984."

In October, State lawmakers will have a chance to approve new death penalty procedures, because there have been no executions in Maryland for almost a decade. The piece also notes that any attempt to conduct an execution "would almost certainly be open to lengthy litigation" See full story here.

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