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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2013
Kirk Bloodsworth celebrated his 20th year of freedom Friday after he was wrongfully convicted of murder in Maryland and sentenced to death. On Saturday, he joined with activists to mark other anniversaries: 41 years since the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted executions and 37 years (come Tuesday) since it allowed them to resume. Dozens who gathered in front of the court Saturday want to see the death penalty permanently abolished. They kicked off a four-day vigil and fast to bring attention to the cause.
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NEWS
June 20, 2013
I just read a letter from a reader who is whining about the lack of a death penalty as punishment for the man who allegedly raped and murdered Kami King ("Cecil girl's murder shows error of Md.'s decision to abolish capital punishment," June 17), and I couldn't help thinking about Kirk Bloodsworth, the man who was convicted of a similar crime and who spent years on death row before it finally came out that he was not responsible at all, someone else was. Just think, if the state had carried out their unfair and arbitrary death sentence, an innocent man would have been murdered by our state - and by extension, by all of us citizens of Maryland.
NEWS
June 18, 2013
All you folks out there who were celebrating the repeal of Maryland's death penalty, rejoice. A 29-year-old Cecil County man has been charged in the rape and murder of 10 year old Kami Ring of Charlestown ("Man Charged in Killing of Girl, 10," June 14). The worst punishment in the great state of Maryland this animal can receive is life without parole. If convicted, we taxpayers get to provide his room, board and medical care for the rest of his life (maybe the next 40 or 60 years). Brian Spector, Easton
NEWS
June 11, 2013
The hotly debated issues of gun control and the death penalty attracted fewer than 18,500 signatures ("What was all the fuss about?" June 3), while the seemingly more mundane issues of Owings Mills traffic, preserving Baltimore County's diminishing industrial opportunities and the undemocratic zoning process that makes those decisions attracted more than 170,000 signatures. The 170,000 signatures on the zoning petitions represent a number that is more than half of the Baltimore County residents who voted in the last election.
NEWS
June 8, 2013
Pfc. Bradley Manning intentionally transferred confidential and secret information while in uniform and while in a combat zone during a war ("Manning is a whistle-blower, not a traitor," June 6). He committed treason, and he is extremely fortunate that he is not facing the death penalty. J. Matthew McGlone, Towson
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Letter to The Aegis | June 4, 2013
Editor: I am distressed and saddened that the death penalty repeal is not being brought to referendum because not enough signatures were secured in the short amount of time provided to do so. As the relative of a murder victim I would have liked the opportunity to sign a petition and to go door-to-door to gather signatures. I would have gladly stood outside Harford Mall or any other public place to collect signatures. The petition drive apparently was never well-publicized on TV. I did not encounter any volunteers throughout Harford County seeking signatures.
NEWS
June 3, 2013
So what was all this about a voter referendum or two? Opponents of a pair of controversial measures backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley and approved this year by the Maryland General Assembly - a repeal of the death penalty and landmark gun control legislation - claimed the local populace was outraged by both. So certain was this that many fully expected them to be brought to referendum and defeated by voters in 2014. The petition drive to bring the death penalty repeal to referendum was even championed by Western Maryland Del. Neil Parrott who was instrumental in bringing three laws to referendum last year through use of a web site that made the signature-gathering process easier.
NEWS
By Benjamin Todd Jealous | June 2, 2013
The death penalty debate in Maryland is finally over. This spring's decision by the General Assembly to replace the death penalty with life without parole was cemented last week, when right-wing activists failed to muster enough signatures to force the issue onto the ballot. We, the people of Maryland, have sent a clear and firm message: capital punishment belongs in our past, not our future. In doing so, we have joined New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Illinois and Connecticut as the sixth state in six years and 18th in the nation to abolish the death penalty.
NEWS
May 31, 2013
Another innocent child murdered in Baltimore is a crying shame. Baltimore came in fifth place nationally for its high murder rate. Maryland came in fourth place among the 50 states for the number of police officers killed (six) in the line of duty. Getting tough on second-offenders leaves innocent children and adults in more dangerous crossfire between criminals. If you chose to intentionally shoot another person, then you should expect the consequence is to spend a very long time in jail.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
Activists who worked to repeal the death penalty anxiously awaited news Friday that their efforts would not be overturned by a successful petition drive.  "It sounds like they're going to announce that they don't have the signatures," said Jane Henderson, executive director of Maryland Citizens Against State Executions. "We're happy with that scenario. Democracy's already been served. ... I'm excitedly waiting to see if, come midnight, I'm out of a job. "  Despite a flurry of last-minute signature-gathering, proponents of capital punishment may abandon their efforts to put the death penalty to a referendum vote in 2014.
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