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.
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’s highest court has rejected a claim by a man on death row that his sentence is unconstitutional.
Gov. Martin O’Malley, who opposes capital punishment, held a July meeting with two lawmakers and a death penalty opponent to discuss the possibility of ending funding for executions in the budget for the next fiscal year. But an O’Malley spokeswoman said Tuesday it is unlikely the governor will follow through with the idea.
Maryland’s highest court has ruled that the standard jurors use in deciding whether to impose the death penalty is constitutional.