ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s highest court has ruled that the standard jurors use in deciding whether to impose the death penalty is constitutional.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the Court of Appeals, by a 4-3 vote on Tuesday, disagreed with Jody Lee Miles’ claim that the process for weighing the circumstances of the crime is unconstitutional in Maryland, because it doesn’t use the court’s highest threshold of certainty.

Miles was sentenced to death for the 1997 robbery and murder of theater manager Edward Atkinson of Salisbury. He is one of five men on death row in Maryland.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    Send him on his way.

  2. Larry26 says:

    As long as O’Malley is governor, there will be no executions. He’s against it and has said so. He feels and the people againt using the death penalty that the State should keep the prisoners for their lifetime and feed them, clothe them, give them free medical care at the expense of the people of the State of Maryland. If there is DNA evidence, a confessions or more than one eye witness and a conviction and that conviction is upheld by the Maryland Supreme Court, they should be executed. It would be nice if we didn’t have to execute people for the crimes that they commit. The only problem with life in prison, unless they specify no parole, they will try in 20 or 30 years that the life sentence is over and that they should be released.

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