O’Malley takes a stand against Death Penalty

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Governor Martin O'MalleyMaryland’s new Governor has taken a forceful and courageous stand against Maryland’s Death Penalty. It is a bold and unexpected move that distinguishes him in the public mind as a conviction politician.  I couldn’t be more overjoyed.  

In the days of focus groups and weekly tracking polls, it is rare to see politicians taking a stands like this based on conviction.   It is so rare that even a Skeptical Brotha like me had to sit up, take notice, and applaud him.   He definitely is the hero of the Week.

After eight years of this, I see something else on the horizon for this conviction politician bigger and better than Annapolis.   Something in Washington, D.C. perhaps?  

6 thoughts on “O’Malley takes a stand against Death Penalty

  1. dblhelix

    rikyrah — not him, but the MD Court of Appeals ruling requiring legislative review of lethal injection procedures, which were never submitted to a joint legislative committee or given a public hearing as required by the state.

    So options are for the lege to adapt the injection protocol into compliance with the Court’s decision, or they can simply do nothing, which leaves the “moratorium” in place, or they can support a repeal.

    Senator Lisa Gladden has a bill submitted for death penalty repeal. Her district is in Baltimore City — Jill Carter is a delegate for her district. The co-sponsors are all from Baltimore or Montgomery/Prince George’s Counties (DC Metro). That O’Malley is lobbying for repeal gives it a better chance of passing — he appeared before the Senate panel and House Judiciary Committee.

  2. rikyrah

    dblhelix,

    thank you for the explanation. I know it’s an uphill battle — a repeal. So, I forcefully root for the moratorium, while hope for the repeal.

  3. dblhelix

    rikyrah — there’s a bit of a twist on this.

    The 20-yr-long President of the Senate, Mike Miller, is a co-sponsor on a bill to have the GA sign off on the lethal injection protocol and issue an exemption from the public review requirement. He says, and I quote:”This issue should not be held in limbo because of a technicality.” Miller is a bully and accustomed to getting his way.

    Then we have the ‘legislature do-nothing’ option, which you are forcefully rooting for🙂

    Here’s the twist — prior to testimony, the CW was that the repeal bill did not have a chance in getting past Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, but a Catholic GOP lawmaker from Frederick (referred to as “Fredneck, MD” in the DC area) who is now the swing vote has indicated that he may let the bill go to the floor for a vote either in its current form or with modifications. The buzz is that testimony from former prisonsers now exonerated was quite effective. The emphasis on cost by O’Malley also underscores current concerns about looming deficits in the state budget — it’s a smart move.

    So, we’ll see. Everybody knows that this is the time to get the repeal done. In your original comment, you probably were recalling former Gov Glendening (1994-2002) who did issue a moratorium in 2002 — pending a study by the UnivMD on racial bias in the death penalty — but our odd experiment with ‘moderate’ GOP governance, the recently defeated Gov Ehrlich, lifted the ban.

    Bad bill co-sponsor Miller is retiring in 2010, so yeah, we’ll take “do-nothing” if outright repeal can’t get done.

    fightingdem —

    Not a secret that O’Malley has presidential ambitions. He is also tight w/ the DLC & like Obama (before the callout on BC) made the DLC’s “100 to Watch” list.

  4. just confused

    O’Malley is confusing. He violated ten’s of thousands of Baltimore citizens’ constituional rights by his illegal arrest policy; but he stands up for the rights of the six on death row. I think he is playing it safe and h is a fake, I mean, flake, well, both.

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