Statement from Governor Martin O'Malley Following Senate Action on Death Penalty
Governor Martin O'Malley issued the following statement today following action in the Maryland State Senate on SB279 - Death Penalty - Repeal:
"This is a painfully difficult issue. I appreciate that the full Senate chose to consider the important work and conclusions of the Death Penalty Commission."
"While I do not think we can ever make the application of human justice perfect, the amendments passed in the Senate strengthen the standard of proof required to apply the death penalty in Maryland."
"Last year, we achieved the second largest reduction in homicides in Maryland since 1985. Our mission to improve public safety in every community and neighborhood in our State continues."