March 2, 2011
With the more sophisticated tools now available to prove guilt, it is even more imperative that the death penalty be retained. ("Double victims," Feb. 27.) Certainly there are crimes so heinous that they cannot be overlooked by society. No murderer should feel that he or she is immune to the ultimate sentence, whether carried out or not. Expediency in trying cases many times has led to reduced sentences and in the worst-case scenario release of individuals to once again prey on society.
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!
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 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.
March 1, 2011
No doubt that making sure only the guilty are executed must be done 100 percent of the time. And as The Sun's editorial ("Double Victims," Feb. 27) opines by quoting Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger saying, "we're as close to infallible as you can be in Maryland now," we should have confidence that the death penalty is meeting the 100 percent standard. Mr. Shellenberger is referring to the revised law passed just two years ago that only allows a death penalty when there is physical evidence, such as DNA, or a videotaped confession.
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.