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    Maryland to Abolish Death Penalty

    Anti-death penalty advocates Sylvester Schieber, left, his wife, Vicki, center, Kirk Bloodsworth, the first American sentenced to death row who was exonerated by DNA, and NAACP President Ben Jealous, right, react after watching the Maryland General Assembly approve a measure to ban capital punishment in Annapolis, Md., Friday, March 15, 2013. The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign it. Maryland would become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Reaction to the Maryland General Assembly approved ban on capital punishment on Friday. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

    The Maryland House of Delegates voted 82–56 on Friday to approve a bill abolishing capital punishment. The Senate already gave its approval last week, and Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is a strong supporter, has already pledged to sign it. The last time the governor pushed for such action, in 2009, he came up short. When the bill is signed into law, which should happen after the legislative session ends in April, Maryland will become the 18th state without capital punishment.

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