Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Go Maryland, Go!
As Virginia is set to expand the death penalty, across the Potomac, the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee in Maryland is seriously considering doing away with capital punishment, the Washington Post reports.
Right now, one of the members, Sen. Alex X. Mooney (R-Frederick), is conflicted and holds the key as to whether a bill abolishing the death penalty sees the light of day on the Senate floor or not.
[F]ive of 11 committee members signed on to the bill, Mooney could be the vote that determines whether the repeal legislation gets shelved or makes its way to the Senate floor. Usually a reliable conservative vote -- he opposed expansion of the state's hate crimes definition to protect gays and lesbians two years ago and the stem cell research bill last year -- he said he's undecided.That's a deal that Howling Latina is willing to make with the devil. Reserving the ultimate punishment for the worst of the worst. As things stand in Virginia, the General Assembly simply keeps on adding more and more crimes to the list of capital offenses while leaving it up to the commonwealth attorney to see who spins the wheel of "fortune" in jourisdictional roulette.
The Catholic church opposes the death penalty, and Mooney worries about innocents being put to death. But the 35-year-old senator said he has qualms about a complete repeal. He said he wonders whether exceptions should be made for people who murder police officers or prison guards.
Let us pray that Maryland legislators listen to the better angels of their heart and mind. And in the meantime, let us also hope that the Supreme Court strikes mandatory sentencing, which leaves all the power in the hands of prosecutors so judges can once again JUDGE.
That might be the only way to stop the killing machine in Virginia; at least death-row defendants might have a running chance.
I thought not. Enjoy your time in fantasy land with pixies.
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Let me know, and I'll link up to ya
Si se puede!
I'm all for lots of appeals for death row inmates - everything should be used to ensure innocence or guilt. DNA evidence is a great start. However, if you commit the crime, and are proven guilty (justly) then be prepared to receive justice.
Crime is higher in MD - Baltimore was (think) #2 in robberies last year. Let's not even get started on PG county. Richmond's no shining star, but lower than Baltimore, even per capita.