advocate for repeal
Sister Helen Prejean, an advocate for ending capital punishment, wants Maryland
lawmakers to consider outlawing the death penalty.
Prejean, who wrote the book “Dead Man Walking: An Eye Witness Account of the
Death Penalty in the United States” is scheduled to meet with lawmakers Friday
to encourage them repeal the law.
Legislation in the General Assembly would repeal Maryland’s capital punishment
law and direct funds to improving services for the families of murder victims.
A state Senate panel is schedule to consider the bill next week.
Maryland’s death penalty has been on hold since a 2006 Court of Appeals ruling
found the state’s lethal injection protocols weren’t properly approved by a
legislative committee. Executions can’t resume until new protocols are
developed and a legislative committee approves them.
(source: Associated Press)