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March 3, 2009

Death penalty debate begins

The Senate has just begun debating whether to bring the death penalty repeal bill up for a floor vote. If you've got some time on your hands, you can listen live here.

I'm also Twittering the debate.

Posted by Andy Green at 10:17 AM | | Comments (3)


Hmmm... if we can't get our way through usual procedures, let's use a little known, seldom if ever used loophole to bring it out of committee for a vote. Then O'M can browbeat senators into supporting the repeal. Truly a fine example of representative government in action. Not.

Lets see them use this procedure to bring to a full floor vote the bills to allow CCW in Md. Get them out of Joe Vallario's desk drawer and put them on the floor NOW.

I am against the repeal of the death penalty. It seems throughout all of these discussions there has been very little discussion of the victims rights. I guess because they are DEAD. It always seems to be about the criminal and the injustices to them. Well my sister was a victim to a brutal murder in 1978. Her killer remains in jail and will be able to be released in 2014. Our family remains a victim and we will never have closure. So many talk about closure but have no experience in knowing how it feels to be a victim. I for one will be contacting my local Senators and ask for their support to vote against the repeal. Please lets not forget the Victims and their families....the ones that really suffer.........

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