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Renowned Anti-Capital Punishment Activist Emplores Maryland To End Death Penalty

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Sister Helen Prejean, an advocate for ending capital punishment, wants Maryland lawmakers to consider outlawing the death penalty for good.

Prejean, who wrote the book “Dead Man Walking: An Eye Witness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States” is scheduled to meet with lawmakers Friday to encourage them repeal the law. The book depicted her account spiritually advising a convicted killer of two, and how terrified he became of death.

Legislation in the General Assembly would repeal Maryland’s capital punishment law and direct funds to improving services for the families of murder victims. A state Senate panel is schedule to consider the bill next week.

Maryland’s death penalty has been on hold since a 2006 Court of Appeals ruling found the state’s lethal injection protocols weren’t properly approved by a legislative committee. Executions can’t resume until new protocols are developed and a legislative committee approves them.

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