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.
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.
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.
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.
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