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March 4, 2009

Senate agrees to death penalty compromise

Senate Prez. Mike Miller and Sen. Ed Kasemeyer announced this morning that the two sides had reached a compromise in the death penalty debate. They will move forward with the amendments offered yesterday by Sens. Jim Brochin and Bobby Zirkin, which limit the application of the death penalty to cases with physical evidence, a move designed to reduce the risk of executing an innocent person. No more amendments will be accepted, and Miller promises no more reconsideration of the issue, and no conference committee to hash out some kind of compromise with the House.

(This is, for those of you keeping score, somewhat reminiscent of the "my way or the highway" negotiating posture Mike Busch took on a slot machine gambling bill the House passed during the Ehrlich administration, which caused Miller's head to pop off and fly around the room.)

We'll see what the House -- and Gov. O'Malley -- think of this.

Posted by Andy Green at 9:54 AM | | Comments (3)


What a way to run the GA.
I am Mikey Miller and I control the vertical, I control the horizontal, you have no control of your government.

Time for a recall amendment in our Constitution don't ya think?

My main concern is that the death penalty stays alive. The death penalty is a just system and it would be wrong to abolish it.

Way too many innocent people are in jail due tpo corrupt police and corrupt prosecutors, how many of those do you think we have put to death? Innocent men due to DNA testing are being released all the time from prison, until they can guarantee 100% that no innocent man would EVER be put to death I am against the death penalty, and I was a staunch supporter of it before, too many corrupt dirty cops and presecutors and judges for us to be putting people to death!!!

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