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Maryland House of Delegates and Senate Vote to Abolish Death Penalty, Measure Heads to Governor

The House of Delegates voted 82-56 to repeal Maryland’s death penalty on Friday, making the state the sixth in as many years to abolish executions and delivering a major legislative victory to Gov. Martin O’Malley.

The bill, which passed the Senate last week, now heads to the governor for his signature. O’Malley (D) has lobbied lawmakers for years to end capital punishment, and he put the full weight of his office behind it this session.

Read the rest of this story in the Washington Post on abolishing the death penalty.