The Anonymous Widower

An Optimistic E-Mail About The Death Penalty In The United States

I have just received this e-mail about the death penalty from a abolitionists in the United States.

The famous phrase, “may you live in interesting times” is said to be a Chinese curse, but for a death penalty abolitionist the times are both interesting, and exciting!

Last Wednesday in Maryland the state Senate passed the death penalty repeal bill 27 to 20 and sent it to the House of Delegates. On Friday afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee passed it to the full House with a 14 to 8 vote. There are just two more big steps to go!

The countdown to repeal in Maryland continues with the second reading of the bill to take place starting around 6pm EDT tonight. The third reading and final vote in the House of Delegates is anticipated for Friday, where it is expected to pass and be sent to Governor O’Malley for his signature, making Maryland the 18th state without the death penalty!

We’ll keep you up-to-date as the Countdown to repeal moves forward. 

ALSO THIS WEEK: Two more campaigns are introducing legislation to abolish the death penalty: Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and the Delaware Repeal Campaign. And last week, the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty launched its bill. The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has been deeply involved in all of these efforts and will bring you the details as they move forward.

Thank you for your support during these very “interesting” and exciting times for death penalty repeal in the United States.

Look for our updates throughout the week!

I hope that the optimistic nature of the e-mail is well-founded.

March 13, 2013 - Posted by | News | ,

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