On NPR's Sunday edition of Weekend All Things Considered, Marot Adler reported, "Once On Death Row, He Now Fights To Defeat The Death Penalty." There is audio at the link.
Maryland is about to become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.
A bill has passed the state Senate and is expected to pass the House of Delegates easily with the governor's ardent support. The strongest advocate to end the death penalty in Maryland is Kirk Bloodsworth, who was convicted of murder in that state in 1985 and was the first person in the U.S. to be sentenced to death row then exonerated by DNA evidence.
When you meet Bloodsworth, he comes across as the kind of guy you might want to go for a beer with. He's large and amiable, and comes across as a regular guy — maybe a crab fisherman, something it turns out he loves to do.
When he speaks about his experiences, he's calm. "What do you do with your life after spending almost a decade in prison and two years on death row? What do you do with the trauma?" he asks without a trace of anger.
WBAL-AM reports, "Week 10: Gas Tax Hearing, Death Penalty Vote Ahead In House." It's by Robert Lang.
The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill on Friday, just days after the bill received final approval in the Senate.
Like their counterparts in the Senate, opponents in the House committee proposed amendments to allow the death penalty in certain cases, and like the Senate, those amendments were rejected.
The committee's report on the bill is expected to be read on the House floor tonight.
Debate is expected to begin tomorrow, and a final vote could take place as early as Wednesday.
"Death penalty repeal may not be petitioned onto ballot," is the Annapolis Capital Gazette report written by Alex Jackson.
Del. Neil C. Parrott, chairman of petition website MDPetitions.com, said petitioning Gov. Martin O’Malley’s death penalty repeal to the 2014 general election ballot isn’t a foregone conclusion.
That’s even though some opponents of the repeal, including Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert, have said they think a referendum vote likely.
But “there’s no talk about” such a petition drive at the grass-roots, Parrott said. “It’s probably not going to be petitioned.”
Parrott indicated he’s more interested in leading a petition drive against House Bill 493, the Referendum Integrity Act — a measure he believes could choke off future referendums if it passes.
The Washington County Republican led petition drives that placed on the 2012 ballot three measures passed by the General Assembly: legalizing same-sex marriage, in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants, and the state’s congressional redistricting plan.
All three challenges failed.
Earlier coverage of the Maryland repeal legislation begins at the link.