Monday, 9 July 2007

Maryland delays new death penalty rules

Maryland delays new death penalty rules

BALTIMORE, July 8 (UPI) -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has delayed
issuing new rules that would allow the state to resume carrying out

O'Malley's decision comes more than six months after Maryland's highest
court ordered a moratorium on executions in the state, The Washington Post
reported Sunday. The decision blocks the executions of six inmates on Death
Row, and has angered victims' advocates and others who are lobbying for a
resumption of executions.

O'Malley said his administration may wait until next year to end the
moratorium on capital punishment that has been in place in Maryland since

The moratorium was imposed because of allegedly improper lethal injection
procedures, the Post reported.

Authorities are also reexamining the laws under which inmates are rendered
eligible for execution in Maryland.

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