According to Brian Evans, writing for Amnesty International, Maryland is
not even close to repealing the death penalty (the possible punishment
for first-degree murder) – that is, if the Senate Judicial Proceedings
Committee looks the same in 2013 as it did last year and in years past.
There are four members (out of 11) from Baltimore County, which Evans says
is the most pro-death penalty county in Maryland, and only one African
American member, in a state with an African American population of 31 percent.
On top of that, Evans says, the majority of murder victims in Maryland
are African American, and yet Maryland’s five executions in the
last few decades have only involved cases in which the victims were white.
Evans writes that Maryland lawmakers are apparently willing to get rid
of the death penalty, were it not for the “stacked” Senate
Judicial Proceedings Committee, and ends his post by writing that the
Committee’s 2013 members are to be announced shortly – the
result which could mean the difference between repeal and continued executions