Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says the state has lost the ability to carry out a death sentence, even against a death row inmate who was sentenced before the state banned capital punishment last year.
State senator says firing squad would be more cost effective than building a gas chamber.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, an outspoken death penalty opponent considering a 2016 presidential run, has yet to commute the sentences of the state’s five death row inmates despite his role in pushing a repeal of capital punishment that takes effect next month.
A judge has again delayed a decision on who will represent a Manassas man facing capital murder charges in the death of his 15-month-old son.
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the importation of a drug used in executions on grounds the Food and Drug Administration ignored the law in allowing it into this country.
Sister Helen Prejean, an advocate for ending capital punishment, wants Maryland lawmakers to consider outlawing the death penalty.
A bill to expand use of the death penalty to include accomplices of murder in Virginia died in a Senate committee on Wednesday.