February 24, 2009
Too few politicians today are willing to act in accordance with their conscience when doing so might risk their careers. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is doing that, though, with his push to abolish the death penalty in his state. O'Malley faces a tough fight, but his cause is just. The majority of Maryland residents support capital punishment. The General Assembly in Annapolis remains divided over the issue. By forcing lawmakers to take a stand on the death penalty, O'Malley risks rankling lawmakers he may need for other legislative battles.
August 4, 1995
As a practicing Roman Catholic and an advocate of the death penalty for convicted murderers, I disagree with Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua's opposition. I am 100 percent behind Gov. Ridge. I voted for him because, in addition to his many good ideas, he promised to sign death warrants for convicted murderers. Convicted cold-blooded killers should pay the price for their inhuman actions. JAMES McDONNELL Philadelphia The church has always been against the death penalty, but there are people on death row for whom the death penalty is just.
July 1, 2009
RE BRUCE Castor's recent op-ed on Judge Sotomayor: I agree that Sotomayor's position on the death penalty and other politically charged issues must be vetted properly by the Senate. But the case cited, Beard v. Kindler, which will be heard this fall by the Supreme Court, is not a death-penalty case after all. The question to be decided is a technical one on the validity of a state criminal procedural rule. Notwithstanding this important distinction, Castor has trotted out the same ol' Republican scare tactics in an effort to curry public opposition to Sotomayor.
March 28, 2013 |
DOVER, Del. - The Delaware Senate narrowly approved a bill Tuesday repealing the death penalty. The 11-10 vote came after lengthy and sometimes emotional debate from lawmakers on both sides. Before debating, senators voted overwhelmingly to remove a provision to spare the lives of 17 killers on death row, a point of contention for some lawmakers. The measure, opposed by Attorney General Beau Biden, now goes to the House. Gov. Jack Markell has refused to say whether he favors it.
May 24, 2011 |
Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a Souderton man accused in the rape and murder of 9-year-old Skyler Kauffman, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Monday. James Lee Troutman, 24, is expected to stand trial later this year on charges of first- and second-degree murder as well as a host of sexual-assault charges stemming from the slaying of Skyler earlier this month. And from the beginning, fighting off a potential death sentence has been integral to preparing his defense, his attorney, Craig Penglase, said in an interview last week.
May 4, 2013 |
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Opponents of capital punishment marked a milestone Thursday as Maryland became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to abolish the death penalty. The passage was a significant victory for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Roman Catholic who opposes capital punishment and is considering seeking the 2016 presidential nomination. Death penalty opponents said the governor helped maintain the national momentum of repeal efforts by making Maryland the sixth state in as many years to abolish capital punishment.
October 19, 2001 |
Bucks County District Attorney Diane E. Gibbons said yesterday that she would seek the death penalty for a Lower Makefield man accused of stabbing his wife to death in July. Evidence shows that Joseph Sparacio, 47, inflicted "pain and injury beyond what was necessary to kill" Valerie Sparacio, his wife of 20 years, Gibbons said. Police found the wife's body and two serrated knives in the bedroom of the couple's home on Quincy Drive on July 12. Bloodstained men's pajamas were in a clothes hamper.
October 24, 2005 |
He is facing the camera. Facing you. Voice husky with emotion, Stanley Rosenbluth tells you about his son and daughter-in-law, killed in a drug deal gone south. He shares his loss gravely, bravely. And then, the coup de grace. "I don't trust Tim Kaine when it comes to the death penalty," says Rosenbluth. "And I say that as a father who has had a son murdered. " Tim Kaine is a man who wants to be governor of Virginia. But first, he's got to deal with Rosenbluth and with policeman's widow Kelly Timbrook, stars of two commercials aired by opposing candidate Jerry Kilgore.
March 13, 1986 |
An Atlantic County man, convicted of the brutal beating death of a 73-year- old Egg Harbor City man, was spared the death penalty yesterday, when a jury failed to decide whether he should be executed. Aaron Huff, 26, was convicted Friday of capital murder in the Feb. 3, 1984, death of William Peak. Peak, a friend of Huff's, died of a fractured skull, three broken ribs and a fractured breastbone. A 12-member jury found Huff guilty of the murder and burglary after two weeks of testimony.