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Maryland Legislature Votes To End Death Penalty

By Ian Millhiser  

"Maryland Legislature Votes To End Death Penalty"


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Earlier today, the Maryland House voted 82-56 to repeal the death penalty in that state. As the bill passed the state senate earlier this month, it is now virtually certain to become law. Repealing the death penalty is a top priority for Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

Maryland is the sixth state in as many years to eliminate death sentences. As ThinkProgress recently explained, this trend away from the death penalty has constitutional implications. The Eighth Amendment forbids “cruel and unusual punishments,” so the death penalty stands on weaker footing nationwide as it becomes increasingly more and more “unusual.”

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