ANNNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Sister Helen Prejean, an advocate for ending capital punishment, wants Maryland lawmakers to consider outlawing the death penalty.

Prejean, who wrote the book “Dead Man Walking: An Eye Witness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States” is scheduled to meet with lawmakers Friday to encourage them to repeal the law.

Legislation in the General Assembly would repeal Maryland’s capital punishment law and direct funds to improving services for the families of murder victims. A state Senate panel is scheduled to consider the bill next week.

Maryland’s death penalty has been on hold since a 2006 Court of Appeals ruling found the state’s lethal injection protocols weren’t properly approved by a legislative committee. Executions can’t resume until new protocols are developed and a legislative committee approves them.

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Comments (4)
  1. KottaMan says:

    Maybe while the Sister is here, she can wave a magic wand and eliminate crime that warrants the death penalty.

  2. Rashelle says:

    Yeah! Kill’em all and let God sort them out…. May be if criminals had something to fear like the death penalty they would think twice before committing the crimes that warrant the death penalty such as murder, rape, ect. After all the innocent are give the death penalty without a trial when they are victims of these people that do not deserve to live, when they have committed no crime. The government is more concerned about being politically correct then it is about protecting the citizens of this country. An eye for an eye. I proudly vote yes for the death penalty.

  3. Joe says:

    What death penalty? This liberal state only executed 5 murderers over the last 40 years. Don’t these anti-death penalty fools have a better ‘charity’ they can work for?