Maryland Governor Changes Four Remaining Death Sentences To Life Sentences

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The New Year brought a new way of looking at the death penalty in the state of Maryland. Governor O’Malley issued a statement on the sentences of the four remaining inmates sentenced to death in Maryland, proclaiming, “Two years ago, after much debate and consideration, the Maryland General Assembly abolished the death penalty in our State replacing the sentence with life without the possibility of parole. There are four inmates who currently sit on Maryland’s death row. In my judgment, leaving these death sentences in place does not serve the public good of the people of Maryland — present or future. For these reasons, I intend to commute Maryland’s four remaining death sentences to life without the possibility of parole. It is my hope that these commutations might bring about a greater degree of closure for all of the survivors and their families.” Maryland’s General Assembly voted for an abolition of the death penalty, but for the four inmates who were still sitting Maryland’s death row, there was exists no stature to perform an execution.

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  1. I’m not in the camp that looks at capital punishment as barbaric, especially as we look at what other cultures and the terrorist are doing. But it is obvious that the moral make up of America does not allow for such punishment to be effective en mass.

  2. This is going to be a hot topic for a few more decades as there is a market for this punishment in the minds of enough regular citizens, but not enough profit margin for States to play them out an companies to make the necessary adjustments to make some profit over it.

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