MD House of Delegates votes to repeal death penalty

Death Penalty MD House of Delegates votes to repeal death penaltyThe Maryland House of Delegates voted 82-56 on Friday to pass a measure repealing the death penalty and send it to Governor Martin O’Malley for his signature.

Maryland is set to become the 18th state in the United States to do away with capital punishment.

The measure has already passed in the Senate.

Supporters of death penalty repeal say the measure is expensive, racially biased and a poor deterrent against crime.

Opponents, meanwhile, argue that it is a necessary evil to punish those who commit heinous crimes.

Maryland currently has five men waiting on death row, though the new measure paves the way for the governor to commute their sentences to life in prison.

Maryland’s last execution took place in 2005, during the term of Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich.

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