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Maryland Abolishes the Death Penalty: May 2, 2013

Maryland Abolishes the Death Penalty: May 2, 2013

Maryland abolishes the death penalty: May 2, 2013

The death penalty, which has always been a point of contention in American public life, has become increasingly controversial during the past decade as a growing number of states have attempted to outlaw the practice and the availability of the drugs required for lethal injection has dwindled. On May 2, 2013, Maryland became the latest state to formally outlaw the death penalty, when Governor Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, signed a measure passed by the legislature two months earlier. The new law reignited the debate about whether the United States should join most other Western nations and outlaw the death penalty altogether, or whether the punishment was still an effective crime ...

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