Bill to halt executions remains in committee

March 31, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A bill that would temporarily halt executions in Maryland remained stuck in committee yesterday, but supporters predicted it would pass before the General Assembly session ends April 9.

The legislation would impose a two-year moratorium on executions while a study is done to determine whether the death penalty is unfairly given to blacks.

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee adjourned yesterday morning without voting on the bill, but supporters said they expected that a vote would be taken next week.

"We have a commitment," said Sen. Clarence Mitchell IV, a Baltimore Democrat.

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