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Maryland death penalty panel says abolish it

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Last Friday, the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment issued its final report to the General Assembly, recommending the abolition of the death penalty, saying: “For all of these reasons — to eliminate racial and jurisdictional bias, to reduce unnecessary costs, to lessen the misery that capital cases force victims of family members to endure, to eliminate the risk that an innocent person can be convicted — the Commission strongly recommends that capital punishment be abolished in Maryland.”  Report at 24.

With tax revenue being tighter than ever, not only is death penalty abolition the only humane choice, but it also is the fiscally responsible choice. Huge monetary sums get pumped into courts, prosecutors, and court-appointed-counsel for death penalty cases.

Thanks to Gideon for posting on this story. Jon Katz.