The Maryland Senate passed a bill Wednesday, by a vote of 27-20, that would repeal the state’s death penalty, substituting a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
The Senate bill was introduced by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. at the request of Gov. Martin O’Malley — a longtime critic of the death penalty. State Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D–Baltimore County) provided a key vote this year to get the bill out of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
The state has not executed anyone since 2005 when Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. held office.
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