Is Capital Punishment Worth the Price? A View from the Jury Box


October 11, 1992|By PETEY O'DONNELL

Three years ago yesterday, Baltimore City Police Officer William J. Martin was gunned down while responding to a routine 911 call. Before Officer Ira Weiner was stabbed and shot three weeks ago, it marked the last time that a city policeman was killed in the line of duty. For me, it also marked the beginning of the most wrenching decision I would ever make. I sat on the jury that would convict Shawn Woodson of Officer Martin's first degree murder -- and the second degree attempted murder of Officer Herman L. Brooks -- a verdict that could result in a death sentence.

Meanwhile, the meter on the Woodson case continues to run.

Petey O'Donnell is a free-lance writer in Baltimore.

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