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Court OKs Automatic Solitary for Virginia Death Row Inmates

A divided federal appeals court has upheld Virginia’s policy of automatically holding death row inmates in solitary confinement.

03/10/2015

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Last 4 on Md. Death Row to Have Sentences Commuted

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he will commute the capital sentences of the state’s last four inmates on death row to life in prison.

12/31/2014

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Md. Death Row Inmate To Argue Before Appeals Court

Attorneys for a man on Maryland’s death row will argue before an appeals court that his sentence is illegal because the state no longer has a death penalty.

12/07/2014

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Md. AG Takes Step to Rescind Death Sentences

Four death row inmates who were sentenced before Maryland abolished capital punishment last year could end up serving life without parole if the state’s attorney general prevails in legal arguments filed Thursday.

11/06/2014

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Court in Va. Examines Death Row Isolation Policy

Virginia’s practice of automatically holding death row inmates in solitary confinement will be reviewed by a federal appeals court in a case that experts say could have repercussions beyond the state’s borders.

10/27/2014

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Judge: Va. Death Row Procedures Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that Virginia cannot automatically hold prisoners convicted of capital murder on “death row,” where the harsh conditions and solitary confinement amount to an unconstitutional denial of due process.

01/10/2014

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Judge: Unconstitutional For Va. To Automatically Hold Prisoners Convicted Of Capital Murder On ‘Death Row’

A federal judge has ruled that Virginia cannot automatically hold prisoners convicted of capital murder on “death row,” where the harsh conditions and solitary confinement amount to an unconstitutional denial of due process.

01/10/2014

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O’Malley Slow to Commute Death Sentences

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.

09/13/2013

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O’Malley to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Next Week

Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to sign a measure repealing capital punishment in Maryland into law.

04/25/2013

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Inmate Who Vowed to Keep Killing Unless Executed Will Get His Wish

A Virginia prisoner who killed his cellmate and strangled another inmate in the state’s highest security prisons, and vowed to keep killing unless put to death, will be executed in January.

11/27/2012

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