Maryland moves closer to abolishing death penalty


death penalty injectionoriginally by: MSNBC 
published: 7 February 2013

Maryland could be just weeks away from abolishing the death penalty. Several state lawmakers are expressing optimism they can repeal capital punishment. 

Hearings in the state House and Senate are scheduled for February 14th [2013].

“I think people are finding out that the death penalty does not work, whether it’s Maryland or any of these other places that have abandoned the practice,” said Kirk Noble Bloodsworth on Jansing & Co., an advocate for abolishing the death penalty.

Bloodsworth is the first person whose capital conviction was overturned as a result of DNA testing in the U.S. He was convicted of murdering a child in 1984 and spent nearly nine years in prison, two on death row, before DNA evidence exonerated him in 1993.

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