MD. House Passes Bill Restricting Death Penalty
The Maryland House today passed a bill severely curtailing the use of the death penalty:
The measure will limit capital cases to those with biological or DNA evidence, a videotaped confession or a videotape linking the defendant to a homicide. Those are among the steepest hurdles faced by prosecutors in the 35 states that have a death penalty.
The Maryland Senate has approved it and Gov. Martin O'Malley has indicated he will sign it.
Amid a national debate over executions, Maryland's evidentiary limitations will become the most stringent of any of the 35 states that have capital punishment on the books.
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