Maryland Governor Commutes All Death Penalty Sentences to Life
The right thing to do:
Outgoing Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) used the last day of 2014 to commute all of his state’s remaining death sentences to life in prison.
“In my judgment, leaving these death sentences in place does not serve the public good of the people of Maryland — present or future,” O’Malley said in a statement released Wednesday morning.
O’Malley, who is considering running for president in 2016, said he based his decision on the fact Maryland death penalty was repealed last year.
Since then, O’Malley and the state’s attorney general have argued the repeal left the four inmates who were already sentenced to death in limbo.
Entry filed under: Laws / Judiciary.