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Death and Life in Maryland

dnha14 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 3:47 PM
So now the murders that would plead down to life because the death penalty was on the line, will now be able to plead to 15 or 20 because the max to start negotiations is life. Maybe next year the geniuses will decide 20 years is cruel and unusual and get rid of life sentences. Murderers will then start getting 60 days of house detention. The only thing cruel and unusual in Maryland is the General Assembly.

The Maryland legislature recently voted to abolish capital punishment in the state, making Maryland the sixth state in the last six years to eliminate the death penalty.

The primary argument for repealing the law is that our justice system is imperfect and it's possible an innocent person could be condemned. Indeed, anti-death penalty activists presented Kirk Bloodsworth, a former death-row inmate, convicted of the 1984 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl. His conviction was overturned on appeal after the court found the prosecution had withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense. However, Bloodsworth was retried and sentenced to two life terms,...