Death penalty repeal bill clears early hurdle in Maryland Senate debate PDF Print E-mail
March 1, 2013

By John Wagner
The Washington Post

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s bill to repeal Maryland’s death penalty survived an early test Friday as supporters turned back an amendment that would have allowed executions to continue in some cases.
Maryland Update & Action PDF Print E-mail
February 26, 2013

The Maryland Senate last night delayed the debate and vote on the death penalty repeal bill. The bill is now scheduled for debate on Thursday at 8 am. Please visit us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

In the meantime, please continue to take the following actions:

If you live IN MARYLAND:
  1. Send a message to your state senator, encouraging him or her to support repeal.
  2. Thank Gov. Martin O'Malley.
  3. Thank Sen. Robert Zirkin.

1. Thank Gov. Martin O'Malley.
2. Thank Sen. Robert Zirkin.
Great News on Maryland – Action Alert PDF Print E-mail
February 21, 2013

Maryland is poised to repeal the death penalty soon. Yesterday, MD Sen. Robert Zirkin announced his support for the repeal bill. That major obstacle overcome, we expect the MD Judicial Proceedings Committee to vote for repeal tonight. The bill could reach the floor of the MD Senate as early as Saturday.

There are no guarantees. Act now.

Click here to send a message to all members of this committee to pass repeal without amendment.
Bill seeking death penalty abolition inspires emotional testimony PDF Print E-mail
February 14, 2013

By Charles S. Johnson  
Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — Some families of murder victims lined up opposite side of a bill Thursday to abolish the death penalty in Montana and replace it with life imprisonment with no possibility of parole.

Some religious leaders also were divided on House Bill 370, by Rep. Doug Kary, R-Billings, at a long, emotional hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. The panel took no immediate action the bill.
Archbishop Lori, O'Malley among parade of witnesses urging death penalty repeal PDF Print E-mail

Supporters of capital punishment say it's still needed

February 14, 2013

By Timothy B. Wheeler and Michael Dresser
The Baltimore Sun

Sensing a real chance to abolish the death penalty in Maryland after years of trying, opponents of capital punishment brought a parade of religious, political and civil rights leaders to Annapolis Thursday to urge lawmakers to do away with the ultimate sanction.

Roman Catholic Archbishop William E. Lori, testifying before a legislative committee for the first time since taking the helm of the Archdiocese of Baltimore last year, said he had come to Annapolis to throw the church's support behind the repeal effort.

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.
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