Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: HeraldMail HomeCollectionsCapital Punishment
IN THE NEWS

Capital Punishment

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
August 7, 2008
A story on page A3 of Monday's Herald-Mail about Marty Price of Hagerstown testifying before the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment said Christopher Nicholson, a Smithsburg police officer killed last year, was Price's nephew. Although Price referred to Nicholson as his nephew, Nicholson was Price's step-nephew.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 4, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The date of the first meeting of the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment - July 28 - had a separate significance for Marty Price of Hagerstown. The meeting was held exactly 20 years after Mervil Leon Price Jr., Marty Price's father, murdered his wife and teenage stepdaughter. The meeting also was about seven months after another homicide that touched Marty Price's life. His nephew, Christopher Nicholson, was shot and killed on Dec. 19, 2007, while on duty as a police officer in Smithsburg.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 30, 1999
ANNAPOLIS ? A life-and-death debate about capital punishment in Maryland has taken root in Washington County. Two of the county's state lawmakers serve on the House and Senate committees considering a bill to repeal the death penalty. Hearings were held Wednesday. The protection of correctional officers ? a sizable Western Maryland constituency ? is an argument put forth by opponents of a repeal. Washington County is where a state correctional officer was shot and killed while on duty last year, allegedly by an inmate.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | November 6, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Vince George hoped he might unseat 18-year incumbent Del. John Overington, but as the votes came in Tuesday night, it became apparent that Overington would hold onto his seat. Overington, 56, the second-most senior member in the House, will now start his 10th term. Overington received 2,099 votes to George's 1,357, according to complete but unofficial results. Overington, of Bedington, W.Va., seemed calm at the courthouse as final results trickled in, writing down numbers on a yellow notepad.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 29, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- After bills to repeal Maryland's death penalty failed for two straight years, a commission will study the state's capital punishment system instead. During the 2008 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly agreed to create the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment and give it nearly six months to issue a report. The process of picking commission members is still under way, Christine Hansen, a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley, said Wednesday.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | March 7, 2012
A Hagerstown man whose family has been through three murders has again joined the anti-death-penalty movement this year. Marty Price of Hagerstown spoke Wednesday in Annapolis at a press conference and a Senate hearing on a repeal bill, telling a story he said he doesn't often tell. Price's father, Mervil Price, was convicted of second-degree murder for fatally shooting his wife, Betty Jane Price, and his 15-year-old stepdaughter, Sherri Lynn Unger, in their Hickory Lane town house in 1988.
NEWS
April 9, 2007
Speak up for American labor To the editor: Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act some 35 years ago, in which it promised all workers the right to a safe job. Labor and our allies have fought hard and diligently to see that the promise becomes a reality, winning legislation that has saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries. The toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths continues to be immense. Millions continue to be killed or injured every year.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 6, 2013
A move to repeal the death penalty in Maryland took another step forward with the state Senate voting 27-20 on Wednesday to abolish capital punishment. Every legislator in the Washington County delegation is against the repeal except Sen. Ronald N. Young, D-Frederick/Washington, who voted for the measure. “It's one that I wrestled with very deeply. But after talking to a lot of people, reading some things from some prison officials, talking to religious leaders and others, knowing that most of the industrialized countries have eliminated it ... I just felt it was time to repeal it,” Young said after the vote Wednesday.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 18, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley once again is asking state lawmakers to ban the death penalty. Previous attempts have failed, and it remains unclear if the bill will be successful this year. Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, is considered a key swing vote and could be the deciding factor on whether the legislation moves forward. He sits on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which heard the bill Wednesday. No action was taken. Under the bill, life without parole would replace the death penalty as the most severe punishment for criminal acts.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 6, 2013
A move to repeal the death penalty in Maryland took another step forward with the state Senate voting 27-20 on Wednesday to abolish capital punishment. Every legislator in the Washington County delegation is against the repeal except Sen. Ronald N. Young, D-Frederick/Washington, who voted for the measure. “It's one that I wrestled with very deeply. But after talking to a lot of people, reading some things from some prison officials, talking to religious leaders and others, knowing that most of the industrialized countries have eliminated it ... I just felt it was time to repeal it,” Young said after the vote Wednesday.
Advertisement
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | February 15, 2013
Marlin Martin of Smithsburg said that the death penalty in Maryland should “stay as it is” and rejected the argument that there is a risk of executing an innocent person. “I think that does not happen often,” Martin, 71, said. “When capital punishment is practiced, that person no longer will have an opportunity to commit a crime, and I think that far outweighs the fact that someone innocent might be executed.” Sheridan Webb of Hagerstown, however, said that the death penalty is “unfair” and that life in prison for “heinous crimes” should be enough to keep criminals from committing more crimes.
NEWS
BY KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | February 14, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley testified Thursday at hearings in front of the House and Senate judicial committees in support of his bill to repeal the death penalty, but a majority of Washington County legislators still support the death penalty. “Is the death penalty consistent with our values as people?” asked Gov. O'Malley at the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing Thursday. “Capital punishment is expensive. It does not work.” At the senate hearing, Sen. Christopher Shank, R-Washington, who is a member of the Senate committee, asked O'Malley what the ultimate punishment would be for an inmate who would kill a correctional officer if the death penalty was not an option in the state.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | March 7, 2012
A Hagerstown man whose family has been through three murders has again joined the anti-death-penalty movement this year. Marty Price of Hagerstown spoke Wednesday in Annapolis at a press conference and a Senate hearing on a repeal bill, telling a story he said he doesn't often tell. Price's father, Mervil Price, was convicted of second-degree murder for fatally shooting his wife, Betty Jane Price, and his 15-year-old stepdaughter, Sherri Lynn Unger, in their Hickory Lane town house in 1988.
NEWS
November 24, 2009
"I think the kid who helped the little boy who got off at the wrong bus stop deserves some recognition. There must have been a lot of people who saw this poor scared child during the hour that he spent wandering a mile and a half from his bus stop, yet a fourth-grade boy from Bester Elementary was the only one who did anything about it. First of all, he had enough compassion to ask the terrified child what was wrong, and secondly, he was smart enough...
NEWS
March 26, 2009
Serafini offers amendment to death penalty bill ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Maryland lawmakers on Thursday approved limits to how the death penalty can be used, with supporters saying it will help protect innocent people from execution, but opponents calling the restrictions a practical end to capital punishment in Maryland. The measure, which was approved by the House of Delegates 87-52, restricts the death penalty to murder cases with biological evidence such as DNA, videotaped evidence of a murder or a videotaped confession.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 18, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley once again is asking state lawmakers to ban the death penalty. Previous attempts have failed, and it remains unclear if the bill will be successful this year. Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, is considered a key swing vote and could be the deciding factor on whether the legislation moves forward. He sits on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which heard the bill Wednesday. No action was taken. Under the bill, life without parole would replace the death penalty as the most severe punishment for criminal acts.
NEWS
By MARTY PRICE | December 11, 2008
In July of this year, I was asked to give testimony before a Gov. Martin O'Malley-appointed 23-member commission regarding a study on capital punishment. I was honored by this request, but this is a topic I simply cannot discuss without resurfacing a deep emotional scar. On July 27, 1988, I was 23, married with two young daughters, when tragedy struck. My father had shot and killed my stepmother and stepsister. Twenty-four years ago, my mother remarried and a new blended-family was formed.
NEWS
August 7, 2008
A story on page A3 of Monday's Herald-Mail about Marty Price of Hagerstown testifying before the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment said Christopher Nicholson, a Smithsburg police officer killed last year, was Price's nephew. Although Price referred to Nicholson as his nephew, Nicholson was Price's step-nephew.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 4, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The date of the first meeting of the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment - July 28 - had a separate significance for Marty Price of Hagerstown. The meeting was held exactly 20 years after Mervil Leon Price Jr., Marty Price's father, murdered his wife and teenage stepdaughter. The meeting also was about seven months after another homicide that touched Marty Price's life. His nephew, Christopher Nicholson, was shot and killed on Dec. 19, 2007, while on duty as a police officer in Smithsburg.
The Herald-Mail Articles
|