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Death Penalty Repeal Effective As Scheduled

June 4th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

The law repealing Maryland’s death penalty will take effect as scheduled on Oct. 1 after opponents failed to collect enough signatures to put the issue to a statewide vote. MDPetitions.com, the group that helped put same-sex marriage and two other issues on last year’s ballot, confirmed at a news conference that it was unable to replicate its success. Facing a midnight Friday deadline to submit an initial batch of signatures, the group instead ended its effort.  Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger (D), a supporter of the death penalty who worked with the group, said there were a  number of reasons he believes the effort fell short.





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