Death penalty restrictions gain momentum
Julie Bykowicz reports that Del. Sandy Rosenberg, one of the chief death penalty opponents in the House, said today that he will support the capital punishment restriciton bill that came out of the Senate this year. That bill, in case you missed it, greatly restricts the circumstances in which prosecutors can seek capital punishment, requiring videotaped evidence or a confession or DNA evidence. Scott Schellenberger, the Baltimore County state's attorney, says the bill will make it almost impossible to seek capital punishment.
But it was always unclear whether the House, which has generally been considered to be more amenable to a repeal than the Senate, would go for anything short of a total end to capital punishment. Rosenberg's statements, and similar ones from House Speaker Mike Busch, suggest that the Senate version is pretty likely to pass.