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Maryland's death penalty moratorium will be lifted

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by jamming, Jan 14, 2003.

  1. jamming

    jamming Banned

    Maryland's death penalty moratorium will almost certainly be lifted after Republican Gov.-elect Robert Ehrlich takes office Wednesday, opening the way for the execution of as many as 12 inmates. All executions in Maryland were suspended last May by Democratic Gov. Parris Glendening, who did not seek re-election this fall.

    The incoming and outgoing administrations disagree on exactly when and how the moratorium officially ends, but Ehrlich has made it clear he will end it. And death warrants could be signed within a few weeks for at least two inmates. "Right now we're up approaching the wall. Pretty soon we'll be up against it," said Fred Warren Bennett, lawyer for inmate Steven Oken, who could face a death warrant as soon as the moratorium ends.

    The moratorium is one only two in the nation. Illinois Republican Gov. George Ryan suspended all executions three years ago, and his successor, Democrat Rod Blagojevich, who took office Monday, has said he will continue the moratorium.

    One down and one to go.
  2. Misu

    Misu Hey, I saw that.

    Jamming, any info as to the reasons behind why the moratoriums were put into effect in the first place?
  3. immortal one

    immortal one 501st Geronimo

    That's great news. :thumbsup:

    States need to start carrying out the sentences that were handed down to the death row inmates...then take the tens of millions of dollars that will be saved from having to support them, and use the money for public programs and school systems.

    It's too late for those who are already on the row, as their violent acts have already been committed. But it's not too late to reach the kids and young adults who are on their way to a life of crime, before they make it to their own permanent home in a death row cell...perhaps even at the cost of the life of one of your own family members.

    Those who murder in cold blood deserve only one thing. A hole in the ground.
  4. FrankF

    FrankF #55170-054

    That would indeed be great news. Now if the states would only fry them instead of jabbing them with a needle (ho hum... they get to fall asleep and not wake up again... sure a lot more mercy than they showed their victims) I would be happy.

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