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NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | April 8, 2013
Legislators in Annapolis spent a marathon day Monday in sessions spread throughout the day and the evening as they addressed business one last time before the Maryland General Assembly adjourned at midnight. Republican lawmakers from Washington County expressed fears that the state had veered too far to the left during the current session with a gun-control measure, the repeal of the death penalty and a hike in the gas tax. But Gov. Martin O'Malley appeared to be what could be called a celebratory mood, thanking Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert/Prince George's, and Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, for the smooth and orderly passages of some of the measures.
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OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | April 7, 2013
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's guest column last week titled “ Racially biased death penalty must be abolished ” presented his opinion and several discussion points in support of abolishing the death penalty in the State of Maryland. (The Maryland General Assembly approved a ban of the death penalty March 15). Brown also shared a major point to all readers that Attorney General Doug Gansler does not support the abolishment of the death penalty.  Sounds like a little politicking to me. Even though the lieutenant governor made some interesting arguments, the death penalty is favored by many in Maryland and across the country as well.Perhaps we should seek some additional comments on the subject.
OPINION
By LT. GOV. ANTHONY BROWN | March 25, 2013
Earlier this month, the Maryland Legislature passed legislation abolishing the death penalty. I believe the time has come to repeal the death penalty because it is racially biased, demonstrably unreliable and not an effective deterrent. This debate is full of practical, legal and moral questions that deserve our full attention. Maryland's justice system is strong. Our law enforcement, victim and witness assistance coordinators, judges, prosecutors and corrections officers work tirelessly to keep our state safe and to ensure justice prevails.
OPINION
March 19, 2013
“Here's the biggest fable of the USA: Christopher Columbus discovered America. He never set foot on American soil. He found the Bahamas, and last I looked, the Bahamas wasn't part of the U.S. So why is he getting credit? Now, 400 years before Columbus, the Vikings did step on American soil. They're actually the ones who discovered America. So why have we taken ourselves to believe this fable? It was the Vikings, not Christopher Columbus, that discovered the U.S. Let's fix history, people.” - Hagerstown “Rand Paul outfoxed the hyped-up political D.C. snowstorm that was used to let Harry Reid to push for a fast confirmation of John Brennan to be CIA director.
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.
OPINION
February 17, 2013
O'Malley hasn't been good for Maryland To the editor: I believe the morale in this country is at the lowest most of us have seen in our lives. Gov. O'Malley wants to abolish the death penalty to protect convicted killers and give them something our homeless pray for: food, housing, medical coverage and education. I challenge the governor to tell the families of the firemen recently killed by a convicted murderer whom our justice system released that the death penalty will not work.
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 JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | January 24, 2013
The trial for a Waynesboro, Pa., man accused of fatally shooting three people in Quincy Township, Pa., last summer could be held late this year. Kevin M. Cleeves, 36, is charged with three counts of criminal homicide, kidnapping of a minor, unlawful restraint of a minor, two counts of illegal possession of a firearm, interference with custody and endangering the welfare of a child. The Franklin County (Pa.) District Attorney's Office has filed the necessary paperwork that would allow it to seek the death penalty at trial.
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