NAACP, O’Malley Call for Death Penalty Repeal

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley stood with state and NAACP officials at a news conference Tuesday as they laid out the reasons why the death penalty should be repealed in the state. (Credit: Karen Adams/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley stood with state and NAACP officials at a news conference Tuesday as they laid out the reasons why the death penalty should be repealed in the state. (Credit: Karen Adams/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP)— Gov. Martin O’Malley says he believes the Maryland General Assembly has the will to repeal capital punishment this session.

O’Malley, who said Tuesday he will be making repeal a priority, says the death penalty is a waste of resources that could be better used to fight crime in more productive ways.

The potential repeal of capital punishment has received added attention recently, after Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said he believes it will pass this year. Miller, who supports the death penalty, also predicted a repeal bill will be petitioned to the ballot for voters to decide in 2014.

Voters approved ballot questions on same-sex marriage and Maryland’s version of the Dream Act in November. O’Malley said Tuesday: “I don’t fear the judgment of the people of Maryland.”

WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her on Twitter.

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