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Maryland’s governor opposes capital punishment

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The death penalty: Always unjust. (Image from public domain).

On February 21, 2007, Maryland governor Martin O’Malley wrote a short Washington Post opinion piece fully opposing the death penalty.

I appreciate his coming out so clearly against the death penalty. Now, I look forward to seeing Governor O’Malley turn his words into actions, including commuting all death sentences, and, until making such commutations, imposing a blanket moratorium on executions. Because Mr. O’Malley’s opinion article recognizes the horrifying frequency of convictions of the innocent, hopefully he will keep this in mind in carefully appointing judges committed to full justice, who will fully strive to minimize wrongful convictions, and who will resist the temptation to move along crushing criminal dockets at the expense of fair trials. Jon Katz.