Death penalty debate looms: Proponents, opponents of repeal converge on Annapolis PDF Print E-mail

PFADP is in Maryland to provide witness and call for death penalty repeal in the state. We will continue to keep you updated on events as they unfold.

February 14, 2013

By Timothy B. Wheeler
The Baltimore Sun

Opponents and supporters of the death penalty are expected to converge on Annapolis today to air their views on the emotional issue, as lawmakers appear closer than ever to abolishing capital punishment in Maryland.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to testify before both House and Senate committees hearing bills he is co-sponsoring that would end the death penalty. Among those set to join him in calling for repeal are Catholic Archbishop William E. Lori, NAACP President Benjamin T. Jealous and other religious and civil rights leaders.
The Brink of Repeal PDF Print E-mail
February 12, 2013

Maryland is on the brink of repealing the death penalty.

If you live in Maryland, please take a moment to encourage your legislators to support death penalty repeal,

Hearings are scheduled in the Maryland House and Senate this Thursday, February 14. Let's fill the chambers. For locations and times, click here.
Maryland Repeal Hearings PDF Print E-mail
February 12, 2013

Hearings about Maryland's death penalty repeal bill are scheduled in the Maryland House and Senate this Thursday, February 14. Let's fill the chambers!
A Death Penalty Fight Comes Home PDF Print E-mail
February 5, 2013

By Scott Shane
The New York Times

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Kirk Noble Bloodsworth, a beefy, crew-cut man whose blue T-shirt read “Witness to Innocence,” took the microphone in a church hall here and ran through his story of injustice and redemption one more time. Twenty years ago, he walked out of a Maryland prison, the first inmate in the nation to be sentenced to death and then exonerated by DNA.

About 60 activists against the death penalty listened with rapt attention, preparing to descend on state legislators to press their case. Maryland appears likely in the next few weeks to join the growing list of states that have abolished capital punishment. Some longtime death penalty opponents say no one in the country has done more to advance that cause than Mr. Bloodsworth. But ending executions in Maryland, the state that once was determined to kill him, would be a personal victory for him.
Bipartisan group sends 100 Montanans to Helena in support of bill abolishing death penalty PDF Print E-mail
February 11, 2013

By Ketti Wilhelm
Montana Kaimin

About 100 citizen lobbyists descended on Helena Friday to advocate for a bill that would end the death penalty in Montana.

Many advocates of House Bill 370, including at least 20 from the Missoula and Bitterroot areas, arrived on busses provided by the Montana Abolition Coalition – the group responsible for the bill.

“The death penalty is a system that is broken beyond repair,” said Jennifer Kirby, the Coalition’s coordinator.
Ohio's Newest Supreme Court Judge: Death Penalty 'Inherently Cruel and Unusual' PDF Print E-mail
January 31, 2013

By Ashley Portero
International Business News

The newest addition to the Ohio Supreme Court has been quick to voice his strong opposition to the death penalty, even under the most egregious circumstances.

Justice William O’Neill, who took office on Jan. 2, last week disagreed with  the rest of the court’s judges to oppose the execution of a man accused of the 1995 murder of a 10-year-old girl. In his strong dissent, O’Neill called capital punishment “inherently cruel and unusual” and therefore violates the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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