Breaking: Maryland General Assembly votes to ban death penalty
March 15th, 2013
02:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Breaking: Maryland General Assembly votes to ban death penalty

(CNN) – The Maryland General Assembly voted Friday to ban the death penalty. The vote was 82 for and 56 against.

The bill now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's desk.


Filed under: Martin O'Malley • Maryland
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Fair s Fair

    Good. As long as the judicial system is imperfect, we should not be imposing death sentences. When you can prove that an innocent person will never be put to death, then we can talk.

    March 15, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I think many self-described Christian Conservatives need to go back to Bible School. The Bible teaches that God reserves of judgment of sins for himself. Isn't one of the ten commandments, "Thou shalt not kill."? Sentencing and putting someone to death seems to violate The Word, if you ask me.

    March 15, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Good move.

    March 15, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Old White Consevative Male

    That's the state I live in….Unfortunately

    March 15, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. muchthunder..little rain

    if its one of there children murdered or spouce i wonder what they will feel then

    March 15, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. TheTruth

    Actually Rudy, the translation of the original text in the Bible reads "You shall not commit cold-blooded murder". It also says "Let justice roll on like a river".

    Let the punishment fit the crime.

    March 15, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Ben

    This is stupid!!! The lesson learned here is go to Maryland to commit your crime.

    @Rudy – Too bad your "god" doesn't have a say in this matter. We don't and should never run our government on "the word" It's absurd to think we should.

    March 15, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. boungiorno

    make your minds up quit playing both sides of the fense your SOOO OBVIOUS

    March 15, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Good. As long as the judicial system is imperfect, we should not be imposing death sentences."

    Yay, some common ground before the weekend! :-)

    March 15, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. obama victim

    so....we have shootings and they want to ban the guns...but not execute those who commit the crime?? hmmmm??...sounds like dumocraps

    March 15, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Tea Party Thomas

    Watch the killing in Maryland to increase.

    BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!

    March 15, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Ben wrote:

    @Rudy – Too bad your "god" doesn't have a say in this matter. We don't and should never run our government on "the word" It's absurd to think we should.
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    What makes you think that I want "my god" to have a say in the matter? I was pointing out the hypocrisy of the policies Christian Conservatives support and oppose. For it is THEY who want "their god" to have the first and last say in how OUR government is run. I am a firm believer in the value of separation of church and state.

    March 15, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Finally Morality

    Thank you Maryland – now let's also stop abortion and you can be the Beacon of Morality and decency for the country to follow. There's no excuse for the Dealth Penalty in the name of justice, because the skunks that impose are bribe taking- fiends- yes we can't have the death penalty simply because we can't trust the gouls that impose it.

    March 15, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Moose

    @rudy no asked you, im sure all criminals in MD, just love this, when ever this happens crime spikes, enjoy

    March 15, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Name lynn

    Well general what have you said an done, its seems like you have open a can of tnt old g.

    March 15, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Ronald Elrod

    I think this is something that the other 49 states should consider this. It is a well known fact that executing someone is more expensive than giving them life in prison. This is because once you figure in the yeas of appeals that follow a death sentence, it would just be cheaper to feed, house, clothe and give medical care to that person for the rest of their life. I jus think they should bring back the chain gang and make every prisoner work for their keep.

    March 15, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |