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March 13, 2009

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.

Posted by Andy Green at 2:39 PM | | Comments (1)


If all the criteria are met the DP MUST be used. That is the only way to keep out the claims of racism or any other of the junk that has come up before.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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