Death Penalty Debate Continues In Maryland

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland’s death penalty debate continues with pressure from prosecutors to have the state approve protocols for lethal injections.

Political reporter Pat Warren explains executions in the state are on hold until lawmakers take a stand.

Witnesses to the lethal injection execution of Tyrone Gilliam in 1998 were shaken.

“I’m just not sure as to where I stand after watching this,” said one.

Others have found the method of execution less jolting.

“It was very peaceful,” said a witness.

Arguments against lethal injection were made in 2005 on behalf of convicted killer Wesley Baker, whose mother thanked protestors for their efforts.

“Oh, I appreciate it 100 percent,” she said.

But the feelings for the victims also carry great weight.

“She did not get 14 years of appeals.  She did not have people protesting to save her life,” said one father.

Since the Baker execution, the state has been ordered by the court to approve the protocol—the drugs, the method and the practitioners used in executions.  Until that happens, the practice is on hold.

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller feels the committee in charge is stalling.

“The chairman has sat on the issue for a long, long time.  We’ve asked to take it up for a vote,” Miller said.

President Miller supports capital punishment, but Governor Martin O’Malley does not.  The governor led a failed effort to repeal the death penalty in 2009 but signed a law imposing stricter requirements.  Death penalty opponents aren’t finished.

“There’s no humane way to put someone to death,” said Dr. Terry Fitzgerald.

The committee charged with approving the protocol can either approve or reject Maryland’s method of execution.  A decision is expected this month.

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  1. Paul E Micelli says:

    why don’t they find another way. Firing squad, hanging, electric chair etc. Do they give their victims a choice, do they care about the way they kill! Bring back the Gladiators and the arena!

  2. JIM says:

    WE NEED TO GO BACK TO THE OLD DAYS TRIAL AND THEN HUNG. THEY DID NOT CARE ABOUT WHO THEY KILLED WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT THE LOW LIFES IN THIS COUNTRY! THEY SIT ON DEATH ROW FOR TWENTY YEARS AND WHO IS PAYING FOR THAT WE ARE.

  3. sandra kendall says:

    The killers are free to kill. Why don’t the ones against the death penalty innate a plan for the killers starting with an eye for an eye, if a person robs you cut off his hand , and so forth, since every one is so weak about the death penalty. when a killers kills, then remove both legs and an arm, if he repeats
    his killing as killers generally do, then remove the other arm and his eyes, isn’t this a slow way to kill the killer instead of doing it the right way? We the people elect the weak politicians that can’t make decisions maybe we should take this idea in our own hands.

  4. Laurie says:

    The killer deserves to SUFFER just like he made his victim and his victims family suffer, not to die a pain free death!! I like the firing squad remark above – seems like a great idea to me. Meanwhile we have innocent people rotting away, dying a slow painful death from cancer and other health problems. This country and those who run it make me sick. Nothing but a bunch of corrupt cry babies.

  5. moleman says:

    Killing a murderer is a blessing for him or her. Locked up for all eternity is the cruelest & most just form of punishment. Loss of everyday fresh air & the right to express yourself like a walk in the park or fishing is gone forever. Many murderers on death row never intended to commit those heinous crimes but lost it in a moment of passion. There is a far cry from those types which are the majority than the child murders or drug killings. We just hear about highly publicized crimes via the news, internet, etc. America is one of the last major countries in the Western Hemisphere that still has a death penalty. Interestlingy enough we are also the same when it comes to health care for all of our citizens. This county was founded on revolution & violence & has permeated it ever since. We should be an example for the rest of the world instead of a bunch of drunken idiots that stand & shout at sports spectacles USA, USA. How stupid, how inane & childish.

    1. shiv says:

      here is the problem, violent criminals often repeat their offenses when given an opportunity. the death penalty gives the greater good, society, the chance to be without this menace. a DEAD criminal has about an 85%+ chance of NOT committing any crimes and those are odds I (and society) can live with. they say Capital Punishment does not deter crimes. well we keep executing until there are no more killers. you say it would take forever? well i don’t mind NOT going green for a few minutes while a few thousand volts fries the criminal of the moment.

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