O'Malley Speaks Out for New Limits to Death Penalty
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) urged a House panel today to pass a Senate bill that tightens standards of evidence in death penalty cases, acknowledging a full repeal of capital punishment remains elusive this year.
The Senate bill restricts capital cases to those where there is DNA or biological evidence, a videotaped confession or a videotape linking the suspect to a murder.
"It represents progress over a very flawed status quo," O'Malley told the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing on the legislation. O'Malley had made repeal of the death penalty a priority this legislative session.
O'Malley said he would like the House to pass the bill without amendments so that it will not be sent back to the Senate for additional consideration. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) has said his chamber is done debating the death penalty for the year.
March 17, 2009; 4:25 PM ET
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