Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says the state has lost the ability to carry out a death sentence, even against a death row inmate who was sentenced before the state banned capital punishment last year.
Attorneys for a man on Maryland’s death row will argue before an appeals court that his sentence is illegal because the state no longer has a death penalty.
There are reports that Governor Martin O’Malley is considering commuting death sentences for Maryland’s four death row inmates. The governor has reached out to victims’ family members in the cases. Some are begging him to leave the convicted killers on death row.
With only two months left before Republican Larry Hogan takes office, Gov. Martin O’Malley might take action to commute the sentences of four men who remain on Maryland’s death row.
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says the death penalty should no longer apply to an inmate whose sentence was imposed before Maryland abolished capital punishment last year.
John Booth-El had been on death row for almost three decades for the grisly killing of an elderly couple in Baltimore. Now his family and his victims’ loved ones are finally finding closure in his death.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, an outspoken death penalty opponent considering a 2016 presidential run, has yet to commute the sentences of the state’s five death row inmates despite his role in pushing a repeal of capital punishment that takes effect next month.
There will be no death penalty question on the November ballot. The petition drive failed to clear the first hurdle.
Maryland death penalty supporters announced they will petition for a referendum, a day after Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a repeal measure into law.
The state of Maryland will no longer execute criminals convicted of the most heinous crimes. Governor Martin O’Malley officially signed the death penalty repeal into law Thursday morning, along with dozens of other bills.
Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to sign a measure repealing capital punishment in Maryland into law.
Laws in 2012 prompted Maryland’s first statewide ballot referendum in 20 years, allowing marriage equality, the Dream Act and congressional redistricting to be upheld by voters.