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Baltimore County senators rebuffed an effort to abolish Maryland's death penalty yesterday, persuading lawmakers instead to restrict when capital punishment can be used. The Senate's first full debate on the death penalty in more than three decades was...
Gov. Martin O'Malley's push to end the death penalty in Maryland would probably fall short if a legislative vote were held today, even though the governor insisted yesterday that the repeal effort "has a real shot this year." A Baltimore Sun survey of...
Sun StaffNext week's scheduled execution of Steven Oken presents a difficult case for all but the most resolute opponents of the death penalty. He fits none of the categories for which recent constitutional challenges have been mounted against the death penalty:...
Tags: Crimes, Credit and Debt, Trials, Maryland, California
Sun StaffBrushing aside unproven allegations that she may have lied about her sexual orientation on Army personnel forms nearly two decades ago, the Maryland Senate confirmed the nomination of Baltimore City District Judge Halee F. Weinstein by a wide margin...
Sun StaffWomen who are breast-feeding their children could be exempted from jury duty under a bill considered yesterday by members of the Maryland Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee. "Obviously, everyone here knows the difficulty it would cause to bring a...
Tags: Georgia, South Carolina, Justice System, Nursing, Oregon
Sun StaffA measure that would lessen the penalty for sick people found with marijuana if they can prove they possessed it for medical reasons eked out a key Senate committee victory yesterday. The bill, approved 6-5 by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee,...
Sun StaffWhen Maryland Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a Baltimore Democrat, heard about the sentencing decision in Douglas A. Starliper's Baltimore County murder trial, she was incensed. To her, the result fit an all-too-familiar pattern: Killers whose victims are black do...
Tags: Crimes, Credit and Debt, Maryland, Prosecution, Murder
Recap of The Sun's endorsements for the Nov. 5, 2002 election GOVERNOR Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D) -------------------- ATTORNEY GENERAL J. Joseph Curran Jr. (D) -------------------- BALTIMORE CITY YES to Questions A through N, P -------------...
Sun StaffMaryland is a step closer to enacting a state version of the proposed Laci and Conner federal law, after a Senate committee approved a bill yesterday to outlaw bringing intentional harm to an unborn child. Members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings...
Sun StaffA 2 1/2 -year study of Maryland's use of the death penalty entered the political galaxy of Annapolis yesterday, where lawmakers quickly spun it to their own purposes. The study, commissioned by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, has been awaited eagerly by...
Tags: Crimes, Annapolis, Leo E Green, Credit and Debt, Trials
Sun StaffThe Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval yesterday to a $23.6 million state budget despite complaints from Republicans that a $159 million tax package used to balance it is excessive and unnecessary. Majority Democrats fought back a Republican...
Sun StaffA federal judge had derailed execution plans for convicted murderer Steven Oken, and a final push was needed before a killer could receive an injection of toxins. So the office of one of Maryland's most prominent death-penalty opponents sprang into...
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