April 11, 2011
The so called "Maryland Citizens Against State Executions" do not have a clue as to what the process could be for the death penalty. Several states have the process, including appeals down to as little time as 5 years. It is not the death penalty that punishes victims, it is the structure of the death penalty in liberal Maryland that does. The Sarah Foxwell case "cried out for the death penalty" but the State's Attorney agreed to pursure a lesser punishment. As for closure for the family, do you not think that the family thinks quite often about how the individual who viciously murdered their family member is sitting in a prison watching TV, playing games, enjoying the outdoors and seeing their family while they cannot!
January 28, 2013
As usual, Gov. Martin O'Malley, the poster boy for liberal diatribe, has it all wrong again. In seeking to abolish the death penalty, Governor O'Malley cites the "fact" that even when capital punishment was the law of the land, the rate of murder showed no significant decrease. His pathetic argument that capital punishment is no deterrent is almost laughable. In order to expect the death penalty to deter crime, one must insure its proper application. Since 1976, 17,569 murders have been committed in the state of Maryland.
July 28, 2010
If the senseless and brutal murder of 23-year-old Stephen Pitcairn does not lead to a prosecution by Patricia Jessamy that seeks a death sentence penalty, then something is terribly wrong with the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office. Morty Marcus
January 30, 2013
I would like to talk about the death penalty issue being discussed in Annapolis ("Senators wrestle with death penalty vote," Jan. 28). The problem I have with the death penalty is that when a person kills someone, the killer will not die for his actions. He will have a life in prison with free medical care, free food, free clothes and free heat and air conditioning and watch television. If they need a kidney or heart transplant, they can be on the waiting list for a donor organ. Gov. Martin O'Malley is wrong when he said that it cost too much money to have a death penalty.
February 15, 2011
To be meaningful, justice should be swift and sure. The article "Death penalty moratorium leaves survivors, convicts in limbo" (Feb 12) reveals that capital punishment is neither. Rather, the death penalty prolongs the pain of victims' families by dragging them through an agonizing and lengthy process that offers false promises. Life without parole costs less money and offers a swift and final sentence, which brings closure to family members of victims. The headway Maryland has made to limit the instances in which the death penalty can be applied is a step in the right direction, but eliminating the death penalty is the only sure-fire way to ensure that no innocent person is executed.
December 6, 2012
I would like to thank The Sun for encouraging Gov. Martin O'Malley to address the issue of abolishing Maryland's death penalty ("Next up: death penalty," Dec. 2 ). While Governor O'Malley might have high political aspirations when he leaves office in two years, he has important unfinished business in Maryland before he goes on to the national stage. Maryland's death penalty is costly, racially biased and ineffective at deterring crime. The only way to fix the death penalty is to abolish it. Changes made to the state's death penalty law in 2009 place additional burdens on victims' families by extending the lengths of trials and delaying execution dates.