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  • O'Malley vows to work to end death penalty

    O'Malley vows to work to end death penalty
    Gov. Martin O'Malley said yesterday that he will do "everything in my power" to abolish the death penalty in Maryland this year and for the first time raised the possibility of allowing voters to decide the divisive issue through a constitutional amendment if legislative repeal efforts fail again.
  • Surveillance was 'misguided'

    Surveillance  was 'misguided'
    Maryland State Police "over-reached" and disregarded civil rights when they spied on anti-death penalty and peace activists in 2005 and 2006, according to a report commissioned by Gov. Martin O'Malley and released yesterday. Undercover troopers and their...

    Timeline: The death penalty in Maryland

    1972: The U.S. Supreme Court invalidates death penalty statutes across the country 1976: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the death penalty is legal. 1978: The General Assembly reinstates death penalty laws in Maryland. 1987: The General Assembly adds...

    Baker chronology

    1991 June 6: A gunman shoots Jane Frances Tyson, 49, as she sits in her car with her two grandchildren in the parking lot of Catonsville's Westview Mall. He grabs her purse, which contains $10. Oct. 24: A jury convicts the accused getaway driver,...

    State has long history of capital punishment

    Maryland has been engaged in capital punishment for more than 200 years - first by hanging, then a gas chamber and finally by lethal injection. The earliest recorded execution in the state took place Oct. 22, 1773, when four "convict servants" were...