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Maryland Abolishes The Death Penalty

Maryland became the 18th state to abolish the death penalty Thursday, as Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed the bill he vied for into law. The law will not affect five prisoners currently on death row, but O’Malley will consider whether to commute their sentences, according to the Associated Press.

While Maryland is the sixth state to eliminate the penalty in as many years and the first to do so south of the Mason Dixon line, other southern states are headed in the opposite direction. Florida just passed a bill (not yet signed into law) to speed up the death penalty, with legislators saying, “this is not about guilt or innocence,” while Mississippi is slated to execute an inmate next week without having tested available DNA from the crime scene. Nonetheless, the general trend away from the death penalty may have constitutional implications.

by Anonymousreply 3105/03/2013

Good on them.

by Anonymousreply 105/02/2013

And yet you back abortion

by Anonymousreply 205/02/2013

"And yet you back abortion"

Like that's not a totally separate issue.

Be gone, freeper.

by Anonymousreply 305/02/2013

You kill a human

You kill a cat in a shelter

You kill a baby

Draw the line.

by Anonymousreply 405/02/2013

abortions aren't babies, nor are they death-row convicts.

by Anonymousreply 505/02/2013

What is an abortion if not a baby?

by Anonymousreply 605/02/2013

Countries that execute the most people = China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia.

'Nuff said, freeper troll!

by Anonymousreply 705/02/2013

And then there is this

by Anonymousreply 805/02/2013

[italic]What is an abortion if not a baby?[/italic]

It's you.

by Anonymousreply 905/02/2013

R9. You are willing to kill the most innocent of our species and not kill the most evil. How does that work?

by Anonymousreply 1005/02/2013

"You are willing to kill the most innocent of our species and not kill the most evil. How does that work?"

If you like the death penalty so much you should just move to Iran

by Anonymousreply 1105/02/2013

That's UnAmerican!

by Anonymousreply 1205/02/2013

Maryland has gone mega liberal these past few years. And to think it borders West Va.

Too bad O'Malley fucked up his convention speech.

by Anonymousreply 1305/02/2013

R11. It hank you. I knew no one would bother to answer the question.

by Anonymousreply 1405/02/2013

There was an interesting article in the NYTimes last year which postulated the current decline in serious felony crimes (non-drug related, felony/100,000 persons), is directly related to the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, 40 years ago.

The millions of aborted babies in America beginning in 1973 and extending to now primarily represented the abortions of the poor, uneducated, people of color, in short pregnancies of a group of people least likely to be able to give the child a nourishing environment and a life away from crime.

I didn't make this up.

by Anonymousreply 1505/02/2013

Here is one of the studies on that subject

by Anonymousreply 1605/02/2013

That theory has been debunked multiple times. So I'm surprised that the NYT would write a story about this theory as recently as last year.

Abortion Link to Crime Decrease Debunked

by Anonymousreply 1705/02/2013

Only 32 more states to go before the U.S. catches up with the rest of the Western World!

by Anonymousreply 1805/02/2013

@r8, no wonder Mexicans are taking over this country.

by Anonymousreply 1905/02/2013

Maryland is a cesspool. The only thing that saves Md, is it that it borders the nation's capital.

@R13 Ultra-liberal is not always a good thing. Baltimore is just sad.

by Anonymousreply 2005/02/2013

r17's link is to the National Right to Life. lmao The article writers are the members of the National Right to Life.

GET GOING TROLL!

Honestly, I'm convinced that people find DL threads via keyword search through Google and start spouting their nonsense here. They probably don't even know they're on a gay web site.

by Anonymousreply 2105/02/2013

R21, I hate to be the one to inform you, but you aren't very bright. Your inability to 1) Comprehend that the paper linked at R17 was written by a Yale professor and an Australian economist and not by National Right To Life is embarrassing. 2) The fact that you are bringing up a theory that has been debunked SEVERAL times over the past decade, a theory that I'm sure everyone on this site with a working brain knows has been debunked, a theory that even the author of the theory admitted that there were grave errors in his data collection, thus proving that the theory has be roundly debunked. Deal with the facts, dear.

'Freakonomics' Abortion Research Is Faulted by a Pair of Economists

by Anonymousreply 2205/02/2013

Oops-onomics

Did Steven Levitt, author of “Freakonomics”, get his most notorious paper wrong?

by Anonymousreply 2305/02/2013

r22 has limited time left on DL, so let it have its fun.

by Anonymousreply 2405/03/2013

For r22.

Also, you didn't link 'the paper'. You linked an article written by National Right to Life, which at the end, linked an article it was using for its propaganda. You outed yourself as a feces-eating Right winger. You should have just linked to that exact article. You linked yourself to a propaganda network. You made this way too easy.

[quote]2) The fact that you are bringing up a theory that has been debunked SEVERAL times over the past decade

And no, it hasn't. It's been debunked in the minds of un-medicated freaks such as yourself.

DL is anti-Right wing, so it's time for you to leave... doesn't matter if you do or you don't though. WM will be blocking your IP within 24 hrs. hahaha!

BTW, linking to The Wall Street Journal (Right wing), doesn't help make your case.

by Anonymousreply 2505/03/2013

Except I will be posting as much as I want for as long as I like (you'll see). I've probably been here longer than you have since I actually know how F&F works. You're just a dope who thinks some outmoded, debunked theory is somehow still relevant. The funny thing is, I'm a pro-choice Liberal. I was simply trying to tell you that the theory you were talking about has been debunked. However, I should have known better. People like you lack the emotional maturity to handle someone disagreeing with you or pointing out your errors.

by Anonymousreply 2605/03/2013

R25, you're so stupid that you don't even know that the paper you linked to is nothing but a rehash of the theories that have already been debunked ( Did you even read my links? Did you see the freaking dates?). Dude, get an education. You are embarrassing yourself. You can tell that you didn't even read the paper you linked to. If you did, you have the reading comprehension of a 3rd grader. You linked to a paper written by the original authors rehashing the same theories that have already been debunked prior to that date and after that date. Good Lord! Again, get an education. I'm not going to sit her and argue with a complete idiot. So have fun.

by Anonymousreply 2705/03/2013

This thread needs to get back on track. It's not about abortion. Stay on topic please.

by Anonymousreply 2805/03/2013

I predict Gov. Martin O’Malley will be keynote speaker at the next Democratic national convention.

by Anonymousreply 2905/03/2013

Aren't some of the biggest pro-death penalty supporters also the biggest anti-abortionists?

Good on Maryland. This needs to happen throughout the United States.

by Anonymousreply 3005/03/2013

Let's discuss the really important subject -- how hung is Gov. Martin O’Malley?

by Anonymousreply 3105/03/2013
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