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State shouldn't end capital punishment on a technicality

Staff Editorial
Annapolis Capital Online
December 21, 2006


The new governor and the General Assembly have enough hard issues to juggle next year without the addition of capital punishment. But it seems they'll have to deal with that one as well.
The state Court of Appeals this week halted all executions in Maryland on the technical grounds that the procedure for putting prisoners to death by lethal injection never got the required public review.

So the state will have to put the rules before a joint legislative committee and have a public hearing. The legislature could also simply pass a law exempting this matter from the review process, but no one is counting on that.

Death penalty opponents argue that state officials should just shelve the whole issue and give up on capital punishment.
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