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7:56 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bill Richardson Joins Death Penalty Opponents in Delaware

Former Governor Bill Richardson
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is lending his voice to an effort to repeal the death penalty in Delaware.

Richardson, who as governor signed a bill repealing New Mexico's death penalty, visited Legislative Hall on Thursday to call for a Delaware House vote on repealing the death penalty.

A bill abolishing capital punishment in Delaware failed to gain enough support to clear the House Judiciary Committee last year after passing the Senate by a single vote.

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8:53 am
Tue March 18, 2014

"Dead Man Walking" Nun Rallies For Death Penalty Repeal in Delaware

Sister Helen Prejean
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Roman Catholic nun whose book inspired the movie "Dead Man Walking" is pushing for Delaware to repeal the death penalty.

Sister Helen Prejean was scheduled to lead a rally of death penalty opponents in Dover on Tuesday in an effort to persuade state lawmakers to abolish Delaware's death penalty.

Prejean was scheduled to address a gathering at an Episcopal church in downtown Dover before going to Legislative Hall to meet with lawmakers.

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9:44 am
Thu March 6, 2014

No Drugs Available for Delaware Death Penalty

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has 17 condemned prisoners facing the death penalty, but no means of executing any of them.

Prison officials in Delaware, like other states, have found it difficult to get the drugs used in lethal injections. Nationwide, states started facing shortages several years ago after drug manufacturers began prohibiting the use of their products in executions because of ethical concerns and fear of unwanted publicity.

\Records obtained by The Associated Press show that supplies of two of the three drugs used in Delaware have expired.

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8:54 am
Tue January 14, 2014

New Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Opposes Death Penalty

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The judge tapped by Gov. Jack Markell to become Delaware's new chief justice says he is personally opposed to the death penalty.

But Chancellor Leo Strine Jr. said Monday that judges and other public officials must follow the law in performing their duties and not impose their personal political preferences.

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10:41 am
Thu October 10, 2013

"Dead Man Walking" Author Weighs in Against Delaware Death Penalty

Sister Helen Prejean
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Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking”, is pushing for the repeal of the death penalty in Delaware.

She is backing Senate Bill 19 that barely got past the Senate but only after a retroactive clause was eliminated from the legislation.

And the same measure stalled in the House Committee in April.

WDEL reports that Sister Prejean noted that there are 22 aggravating factors in Delaware law that would sentence someone to death.

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9:01 am
Tue October 1, 2013

New Laws Start in Maryland Today

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There are some new laws going into effect today in state of Maryland.

Police will now be able to ticket drivers for talking on their cell phone rather than being required to stop them for another violation.

Maryland is also banning 45 types of assault weapons and limiting gun magazine to 10 bullets beginning today.

In addition, those who want to purchase a handgun will have to be fingerprinted.

These gun laws are being challenged in court today.

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8:26 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Death Sentence Upheld by Delaware Supreme Court

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man who killed his wife to collect life insurance.

The court voted 3-2 on Wednesday to uphold 49-year-old Gary W. Ploof's sentence in the 2001 shooting death of 29-year-old wife Heidi Ploof.

Gary Ploof was a staff sergeant stationed at Dover Air Force base when his wife's body was found in her car in a parking lot in Dover. She had been shot in the head.

Prosecutors allege Ploof killed his wife to collect on a $100,000 life insurance policy.

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9:01 am
Fri May 31, 2013

MD Death Penalty Supporters to Make Announcement

Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger
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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore County state’s attorney is joining a state lawmaker at an announcement related to Maryland’s recent repeal of the death penalty.

Scott Shellenberger is scheduled to join Del. Neil Parrott at an event Friday afternoon in front of the Frederick County Board of Elections.

The officials have not said what they’ll announce, though both have been critical of the death penalty repeal. Maryland this month became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to abolish the death penalty in nearly 50 years, joining only West Virginia.

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11:32 am
Fri May 3, 2013

MD Repeal of Death Penalty Could Face Voters (Update)

Governor Martin O''Malley Signs Death Penalty Repeal
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Governor Signs Repeal

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has become the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to abolish the death penalty in more than 50 years.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the measure at a crowded ceremony on Thursday. Attending was one-time Maryland death row inmate Kirk Bloodsworth. He is the first person in the U.S. freed because of DNA evidence after being convicted in a death penalty case.

West Virginia did away with capital punishment in 1965.

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9:28 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Maryland Governor to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Law

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to sign a measure repealing capital punishment in Maryland.

O'Malley, a Democrat, is set to sign the measure at a bill-signing ceremony on Thursday.

Maryland will become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.

The state has five men on death row. The bill will not apply to them retroactively. However, the legislation makes it clear the governor can commute their sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole. O'Malley has said he will consider them on a case-by-case basis.

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9:40 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Death Penalty Repeal Stalled in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A House committee has voted to table a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty.

Tuesday's vote by the Judiciary Committee came after its meeting last week ended in confusion, with supporters of the bill failing to win approval to table it and opponents prevented from taking a vote against it.

But majority Democrats acknowledged that the bill did not have enough votes to be released from committee last week.

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9:08 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Death Penalty Repeal to be Considered Again in Dover

Delaware House of Representatives Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf (D)
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A House committee is reconvening to consider a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty.

Members of the Judiciary Committee ended a meeting last week in confusion, after supporters of the bill failed to win approval to table it and opponents were prevented from taking a vote against it.

Majority Democrats acknowledged, however, that the bill did not have enough votes to be released from committee.

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11:33 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Dealth Penalty Repeal & Gun Control Challenge

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Governor To Sign Death Penalty Repeal

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to sign a measure repealing capital punishment in Maryland into law.

Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for O'Malley, confirmed on Thursday that O'Malley plans to sign the bill at a bill-signing ceremony on May 2.

Maryland will become the 18th state to ban the death penalty. Connecticut did so last year. Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York also have abolished it in recent years.

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9:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Death Penalty Repeal Stalls in Dover

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill to repeal Delaware's death penalty has stalled in a House committee after barely clearing the Senate.

Members of the Judiciary Committee took no action on the measure Wednesday after it appeared it would fail to win passage.

The measure barely cleared the Senate last month on an 11-10 vote after chief sponsor Sen. Karen Peterson removed a controversial provision that would have spared the lives of 17 inmates awaiting execution in Delaware.

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9:10 am
Mon April 8, 2013

MD Legislature Wraps Up Session Today

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Medical marijuana and a measure addressing legal responsibilities related to dog bites are some of the remaining issues before Maryland lawmakers on the last day of the legislative session.

The session is scheduled to end at midnight Monday. Most major bills have already been passed, including: one relating to gun control; a gas tax increase; a Baltimore schools funding plan; and a repeal of the death penalty.

The medical marijuana bill will put Maryland on track to have a program at academic medical research centers that decide to participate.

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8:42 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Delaware Repeal Bill Exempts Current Death Row Inmates

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill repealing Delaware's death penalty has been revised to remove a provision that would spare the lives of 17 killers already on death row.

Senators overwhelmingly approved an amendment striking the provision just before beginning debate Tuesday on the bill itself.

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8:57 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Maryland Poised to Abolish Death Penalty

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is poised to become the 18th state in the nation to abolish the death penalty.

A death penalty repeal bill has already passed the state Senate and is expected to pass the House of Delegates on Friday.

Supporters of the repeal argue that capital punishment is costly, error-prone, racially biased and a poor deterrent of crime. Opponents say it's a necessary tool to punish lawbreakers who commit the most egregious crimes.

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9:23 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Rally Held to Support Death Penalty Repeal in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Opponents of capital punishment are calling for an end to Delaware's death penalty.

More than 100 people gathered Tuesday in the state Senate chambers as lawmakers announced the pending introduction of a bill that would do away with the death penalty and prevent the 17 inmates already on death row from being executed.

Opponents of the death penalty say it's morally wrong, ineffective as a deterrent to violent crime and far more costly than putting killers in prison for life.

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11:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

MD Senate Passes Death Penalty Repeal

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take up a measure to repeal the death penalty.

The Senate is set to consider amendments to the bill on Friday.

A vote on the measure is not expected until next week.

Maryland has five men on death row. The state's last execution was in 2005.

Maryland's death penalty has been on hold since a 2006 court ruling found the state's lethal injection protocols weren't properly approved by a legislative committee.

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9:14 am
Fri February 22, 2013

MD Gun Control and Death Penalty Repeal Bills Make Progress

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate committee has approved a sweeping gun-control measure.

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-4 late Thursday night in favor of the bill, which is a top priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative agenda. The vote sends the legislation to the full Senate for debate next week.

In one of the biggest changes, the legislation would prohibit someone from owning a handgun if he or she has been involuntarily committed for mental health reasons.

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9:23 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Vote Nears in MD to Repeal Death Penalty

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is nearing a vote on a measure that would repeal the state's death penalty.

The committee could vote as soon as Thursday.

Last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley urged lawmakers in both the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee to ban capital punishment, calling the practice costly and a poor deterrent of violent crime.

The Democrat governor has said that he believes the General Assembly has the will to ban capital punishment this session.

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8:25 am
Fri February 15, 2013

MD Governor Urges Lawmakers to Repeal Death Penalty

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley urged lawmakers to pass a measure that would repeal the death penalty in Maryland.

The Democratic governor and death penalty opponent denounced the practice of capital punishment during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, calling it inaccurate, costly, racially biased and ineffective in deterring violent criminals.

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8:58 am
Thu February 14, 2013

O'Malley Testifies for Repeal of Death Penalty

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley will testify in Annapolis on a measure to repeal the death penalty in Maryland.

O'Malley is scheduled to speak Thursday before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

The Democratic governor, who opposes capital punishment, pushed for repeal in 2009 and fell short.

O'Malley says he believes the Maryland General Assembly has the will to ban capital punishment this session.

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9:17 am
Thu January 31, 2013

MD Governor Highlights Transportation in Address

Governor Martin O'Malley (D-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is calling on lawmakers to take up the tough challenge of addressing transportation funding this session.

O'Malley is giving his seventh State of the State speech of his administration on Wednesday.

The Democratic governor also is touting investments in his budget to improve public education and build new schools. The governor's budget proposal includes $336 million for school construction.

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9:14 am
Wed January 30, 2013

MD State of the State, Repeal of Death Penalty

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State of the State Address

Governor Martin O’Malley is set to give his seventh State of the State address to the General Assembly at noon today.

Legislators will be looking to see what the governor has to say about funding transportation projects which could include a hike tax hike.

Unlike previous years the state is not facing a dire budgetary shortfall that at one point approached $2 billion.

The Maryland Democrat has also joined other counter parts in proposing gun control measures and school safety legislation.

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9:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Death Penalty Repeal Rally in Annapolis


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Relatives of five murder victims are joining a rally in Annapolis to repeal Maryland's death penalty.


Speakers at the Monday afternoon event include Hagerstown resident Marty Price. His father was convicted of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Price's stepmother and stepsister in 1988.


His nephew Christopher Nicholson was murdered in 2007 while serving as a Smithsburg police officer.

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8:53 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Martin O'Malley Expects Death Penalty Repeal This Year


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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he believes the Maryland General Assembly has the will to repeal capital punishment this session.


O'Malley, who said Tuesday he will be making repeal a priority, says the death penalty is a waste of resources that could be better used to fight crime in more productive ways.

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8:56 am
Tue January 15, 2013

O'Malley & NAACP Call for End to Death Penalty

BALTIMORE (AP) - The NAACP is joining Gov. Martin O’Malley and lawmakers in a call to repeal the death penalty.


Benjamin Jealous, the CEO of the National Association of Colored People, will participate in the news conference on Tuesday in Annapolis.


Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings and Gerald Stansbury, president of the NAACP’s state conference, also are scheduled to attend.


The potential of repealing capital punishment in Maryland has been highlighted since the General Assembly convened last week for the state of its legislative session.

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9:40 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Death Penalty Vote in MD Senate Expected

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller says he will allow a vote on a measure that would repeal the death penalty.


Miller personally supports the death penalty.


But the Democrat said he has told Governor Martin O’Malley he would give him an opportunity to have a vote.


In the past it has been buried in a Senate committee.


Miller told the Baltimore Sun that if the Governor has the votes he will allow it to go to the floor.

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9:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Reinstatement of Murder Conviction Hits Snag

Jermaine Wright, whose murder conviction was overturned in the 1991 killing of a liquor store clerk.
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge who overturned the conviction of former death-row inmate Jermaine Wright says Wright's trial attorney never knew about an attempted robbery that may have helped his defense case.


Wednesday's ruling came in response to the state Supreme Court's request for more information before deciding whether to reinstate Wright's conviction and death sentence.

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