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Maryland DP Referendum

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Michael Dresser reports for the Baltimore Sun:

One day after Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation to abolish capital punishment in Maryland, death penalty supporters said Friday they will launch a petition drive to give voters the opportunity to overturn the new law.

At a news conference, Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said he plans to lead the effort to "repeal the repeal" of the state's death penalty.

"We need to retain the death penalty for those prosecutors who wish to seek it because it is simply the right thing to do for public safety," said Shellenberger, a Democrat. "We want the people of Maryland to decide whether Maryland should have the death penalty."

Del. Neil Parrott, a Western Maryland Republican, said he would mobilize his signature-gathering operation, MDPetitions.com, to try to put a death penalty question on the ballot in November 2014.

Best wishes to the forces of justice.  If the California experience is any indication, you will be massively outspent.  Yet Maryland is a small enough state that the media disadvantage may not be as important.  Local leaders making personal appearances and refuting the deception were an important part of the effort in California, and they may be even more effective in Maryland.

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O'Malley is a loathesome politician. He dragged his feet on justice for murder victims' families and then claimed that the DP doesn't work. What is it about Democrats and capital murderers?

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