The death penalty debate returns
The Senate last year rebuffed Gov. Martin O’Malley’s push for a full repeal of capital punishment but instead narrowed the circumstances under which it could be used. Prosecutors now must present a jury with DNA evidence, a videotaped confession of the killer or a video recording of the crime to seek execution.
This morning, Sen. Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County) introduced a bill reopening that debate. His measure adds fingerprint or photographic evidence to the list of evidence that, if presented to jury, could trigger the death penalty in first-degree murder cases. Stone is a member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which will hear the bill.
Earlier this month Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told The Baltimore Sun he’d support such a measure, saying that leaving fingerprint and photographic evidence off the list was “a mistake that needs to be corrected.”