The governors of Maryland and Virginia, both abolitionists, are both finding themselves entangled in the death penalty
. The most promising activity is in Maryland.
(Maryland Governor Martin) O'Malley, who was sworn in last month, has pledged to work with lawmakers to repeal Maryland's death penalty -- and could effectively halt executions through the end of his tenure even without their support, given a recent court ruling.
Pennsylvania sticks out like a sore thumb in the mid-Atlantic region. Consider:New York
: abolition by default. A court struck down the death penalty, and although the legislature could easily remedy the problem the court cited, it has refused to do so.Maryland
: abolitionist governor, moratorium, serious push to repealNew Jersey
: abolitionist governor, moratorium, serious push to repealWest Virginia
: no death penaltyOhio
: abolitionist governor and an attorney general who has questioned the application of the death penaltyPennsylvania
: *crickets chirp*
Labels: Maryland, moratorium, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia