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O'Malley Asks For Help On Death Penalty Repeal

"I need your help on a matter of life and death."

So begins an email sent yesterday by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), urging his supporters to help lobby members of the General Assembly on his bill to repeal Maryland's death penalty.

Debate on the measure could begin as early as Tuesday on the Senate floor.

"It looks like the vote will be close," the email says. "Please contact your state senator now -- and urge them to repeal the death penalty in Maryland."

The email includes a link that produces a form letter to send to lawmakers, which says that last year Maryland experienced its second largest reduction in homicides since 1985 at a time when the death penalty was not imposed.

The email was part of a weekend of lobbying on a priority for O'Malley that is expected to get debate on the floor despite an unfavorable recommendation last week by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) has agreed to let some debate take place as a courtesy to O'Malley.

By John Wagner  |  March 1, 2009; 5:13 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , John Wagner  
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Governor O'Malley deserves a big defeat for this foolish, stupid stunt. He seems to have no concern whatsoever for the unborn and with all the other budget and economic problems, you think he would have a full plate. But no, he must waste his and legislators time on his own little ungodly crusade against the death penalty. Shame on him!

Posted by: miyago123 | March 2, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

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