Maryland´s Death Penalty


English: Thomas Astle
English: Thomas Astle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Feb 05, 2013 10:00 AM EST

The Washington Post Published: February 5


Two more Maryland senators have said they will support a bill to abolish capital punishment, giving the measure backed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) more than enough expected votes to clear the chamber.

Sen. John C. Astle (D-Anne Arundel) said in an interview with The Post on Monday that he plans to vote in favor of repealing Maryland’s death penalty. And Sen. Ronald N. Young (D-Frederick) also plans to vote for repeal, The Baltimore Sun reported Monday. 

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 Repeal advocates say they are confident the measure will pass in the House of Delegates if the votes are there in the Senate, where similar legislation has stalled in recent years, with members arguing capital punishment should remain an option for some killers.

Twenty four votes are needed to pass a bill in the Senate. O’Malley’s repeal bill has 21 co-sponsors, meaning three additional votes are needed to reach a majority in the heavily Democratic chamber.

Besides Astle and Young, two other senators — James E. DeGrange Sr. (D-Anne Arundel) and Edward R. Reilly (R-Anne Arundel) — have said in interviews with The Post that they plan to join the co-sponsors in voting for the legislation. Several other members have said they are keeping open minds.

Astle said that at one time he supported capital punishment for “the most heinous crimes,” but that he became conflicted about the issue more recently.

“The idea of strapping someone down and deliberately taking their life, it was a little difficult for me,” said Astle, a twice-wounded military combat veteran. “I didn’t come to my decision easily.” please, read whole article in the WP and:

Here is a list of the 25 senators now on record supporting O’Malley’s repeal bill.


Co-sponsors of the bill (21)

Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George’s)

Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore)

Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George’s)

Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore)

Jennie M. Forehand (D-Montgomery)

Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery)

Lisa A. Gladden(D-Baltimore)

Verna Jones-Rodwell (D-Baltimore)

Delores G. Kelley (D-Baltimore County)

Nancy J. King, Nancy J. (D-Montgomery)

Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery)

Roger P. Manno (D-Montgomery)

Nathaniel J. McFadden (D-Baltimore)

Karen S. Montgomery (D-Montgomery)

C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s)

Douglas J.J. Peters (D-Prince George’s)

Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s)

Catherine E. Pugh (D-Baltimore)

Victor R. Ramirez (D-Prince George’s)

Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery)

Jim Rosapepe (D-Prince George’s)


Others who have said they intend to vote for the bill (4)

John C. Astle (D-Anne Arundel)

James E. DeGrange Sr. (D-Anne Arundel)

Edward R. Reilly (R-Anne Arundel)

Ronald N. Young (D-Frederick)


M. Mason Birthday Events Being Planned …

Candles spell out the traditional English birt...
Candles spell out the traditional English birthday greeting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marie Mason Birthday Events Being Planned Across the World

January 15, 2013

From Earth First Newswire

Artwork by eco-political prisoner Marie Mason, sent to the Earth First! Journal, 12/30/12

Marie Mason’s 51st birthday is coming up on January 26, 2013. We are asking that folks hold events for Marie around her birthday as part of what will be an annual time to celebrate her life and keep her spirits up while she remains imprisoned.

 We know that the mid-winter holidays are a busy time for everyone, but they are a sad time for the prisoners who remain inside – and everyone wants some cheer on their birthday! So we hope that folks can find time to plan a small event for Marie, such as a letter-writing or birthday party. (If time permits, we recommend that you might want to hold letter writings a week or more earlier so the cards can reach her before the 26th.)
Some people are confused about Marie’s mail situation. It is true that she can only send letters to a pre-approved list of 100 people. However, she can receive letters from anyone and so she will be able to receive all these birthday wishes. (Please be sure that the sender’s first and last name are on the envelope, that letters are all in English – she can receive letters in other languages but will be delayed – and that cards do not have glitter or other things added to them.)
Last, if you are planning a public event for her birthday, please tell us and we’ll include the information on the website. Several cities have started making plans, including NYC, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Bloomington, Lake Worth and Haifa (Israel).  A current listing of events can be found here.  If you are organizing an event and would like it listed on the site email us at

The original call out for Marie’s birthday can be found at, along with her current address, artwork, interviews, letters and more ways to get involved.