Maryland Limits Death Penalty

The state of Maryland will no longer rely on eyewitness testimony alone
in capital cases. According to The Capital the death penalty "can be
imposed only in cases with a videotaped confession, or in which biological,
DNA or videotaped evidence conclusively links a defendant to a murder."

Frank Weathersbee, the state's attorney for Anne Arundel County said the
new law "probably won't mean much difference." Maryland has only executed
five people since 1976 and has five people on death row, according to the
Death Penalty Information Center.

Maryland is "certainly not Florida, Virginia or Texas," Weathersbee said.

Read Senate Bill 279: http://mlis.state.md.us/2009rs/billfile/SB0279.htm

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