Aprox. 90 precent of Women in Prison as of 2008 are in for Killing Abusive Partner – While Abusers Get Little to No Time

Aprox. 90 precent of Women in Prison as of 2008 are in for Killing Abusive Partner – While Abusers Get Little to No Time


“The average prison sentence for men who kill their intimate partners is 2 to 6 years. Women who kill their partners are sentenced, on average, to 15 years.

A pair of Maryland cases vividly illustrates this inequality in sentencing. In one case, a judge in Baltimore County, Maryland sentenced Kenneth Peacock to 18 months for killing his unfaithful wife. The very next day, another judge in the same county sentenced Patricia Ann Hawkins to three years in prison for killing her abusive husband. Significantly, the prosecutor in the Peacock case requested a sentence twice as long as the one imposed, while the prosecutor in the Hawkins case requested one-third of the sentence imposed.”

“As many as 90% of the women in prison today [2008] for killing men had been battered by those men.”

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Governor Signs Repeal of Death Penalty in Md.!

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Governor Signs Repeal of Death Penalty in Md.

By May 02, 20130

Martin O'Malley, Anthony Brown, Thomas V. Mike Miller, Michael Busch

Patrick Semansky / APSupporters look on as Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, sitting third from right, signs a bill abolishing capital punishment in the state during a ceremony in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, May 2, 2013.

(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — Opponents of capital punishment marked a milestone Thursday as Maryland became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to abolish the death penalty.

The passage was a significant victory for Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Roman Catholic who opposes capital punishment and is considering seeking the 2016 presidential nomination. Death penalty opponents said the governor helped maintain the national momentum of repeal efforts by making Maryland the sixth state in as many years to abolish capital punishment.

“I don’t know exactly what the timing is, but over the longer arc of history I think you’ll see more and more states repeal the death penalty,” O’Malley said in a brief interview after the bill signing. “It’s wasteful. It’s ineffective. It doesn’t work to reduce violent crime.”

NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous, who worked to get the repeal bill passed, noted the significance of a Democratic governor south of the Mason-Dixon line with presidential aspirations leading an effort to ban capital punishment. Jealous noted that in 1992, then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton left the presidential campaign trail to oversee the execution of a man who had killed a police officer, a move widely viewed as an effort to shed the Democratic Party’s image as soft on crime.

“Our governor has also just redefined what it means to have a political future in this country,” Jealous said. “You know, it was just 20 years ago that a young governor with possibilities below the Mason-Dixon stopped during his presidential campaign” to oversee an execution.

Maryland is the 18th state to abolish the death penalty. Neighboring Delaware also made a push to repeal it this year, but the bill has stalled.

Diane Rust-Tierney, executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, said Maryland is keeping the momentum going for other states to follow.

“It doesn’t always happen overnight,” Rust-Tierney said. “The more people study it, the more people understand it. This was a seven-year effort here in Maryland.”

Supporters of capital punishment said the governor was taking away an important tool to protect the public. Del. Neil Parrott, a Washington County Republican, criticized the governor for moving ahead with banning the death penalty during the same session as he pushed for a gun-control bill to restrict firearms access to law-abiding citizens. Parrott said he is considering launching a petition drive to put the death penalty ban on the ballot for voters to decide in 2014.

“We are thinking about it,” Parrott said, noting that an announcement could come as soon as Friday.

State Sen. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat and constitutional law professor who opposes the death penalty, said he believes pressure is building around the country to focus law enforcement resources on things that are proven to lower the homicide rate.

“The trend lines are clear,” Raskin said. “There’s nobody who’s adding the death penalty to their state laws. Everybody is taking it away.”

Opponents of capital punishment also noted that the state won’t have to worry about potentially putting an innocent person to death. Kirk Bloodsworth, a Maryland man who was the first person in the U.S. freed because of DNA evidence after a conviction in a death penalty case, attended the news conference.

The bill will not apply to the five men the state has on death row, but the governor can commute their sentences to life without parole. O’Malley has said he will consider them on a case-by-case basis.

The state’s last execution was in 2005, when Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich was in office.

Last year, the Death Penalty Information Center said in an annual report that just four states carried out more than three-fourths of the executions in the United States last year, while another 23 had not put an inmate to death in 10 years.

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A Lot to Do!

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Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Update February 21, 2013

Hello Abolitionists,

Repeal Is Within Our Grasp ….

A key Senate committee is expected to vote on the death penalty repeal bill this evening. Following that vote, the measure could be on the floor of the Senate for debate and a vote as early as Saturday!

In breaking news last night, one of the members of the Senate committee announced his support for repeal!

The Washington Post reports “Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) said Wednesday night that he plans to vote in favor of repealing Maryland’s death penalty, which means the measure now has the support of a majority of members on a key committee.”

Call your Maryland State Senator Today!
Ask your state Senator to vote for the death penalty repeal bill WITHOUT AMENDMENTS. You can find out who your state Senator is by going to www.mdelect.net and typing your address into the bar at the top of the screen. Hit enter and your state representative information will appear near the bottom of the left-hand column. Links are provided there to access your representatives’ contact information.

STAY TUNED for information about floor hearings and debates. Following a vote in the Senate committee, the bill will move to the Senate floor for debate. We need to pack the Gallery in a show of support, so if you’re schedule is flexible, be ready to come to Annapolis! We will send out a special announcement just as soon as we know when the floor debates will begin. The first day of floor debate is the most important date to pack the Gallery!

Other ways to support the repeal campaign:

Any of our core messages are fair game to tweet about (cost, innocence, etc.), and remember that our key messages at this point in the campaign are around the appropriation for crime victims and about countering bad info about there about prison killings and plea bargaining. Here are some sample tweets to use any time you want to start talking about repeal on Twitter:

· #MD looks set to repeal the #deathpenalty this year! Join the campaign #MDRepeal #mdga13 http://tinyurl.com/aqesndp

· “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that” MLK. Choose the light, MD. #MDRepeal #mdga13

· “The [2009] law has not achieved its main goal of eliminating the risk of executing an

· innocent person” http://tinyurl.com/bz2pcv8#mdga13

· ‘Marylanders would be better served by repealing it & reinvesting the savings in…healing victims’ http://tinyurl.com/bz2pcv8#MDRepeal

· #didyouknow in 1990 death penalty states averaged a 4% higher murder rate than non-death penalty states? #MDRepeal #mdga13

· The campaign is really heating up for #MDrepeal #mdag13. For more campaign info http://www.mdcase.org/ is a great place to start!

· “Gov. O’Malley has taken a courageous stand…toward repeal of the death penalty in Maryland” #joinhim #MDrepeal #mdga13

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, feel free to contact our SDPACs, Andrea Hall (andreainrockville@yahoo.com) or Kevin Scruggs (kevin.a.scruggs@gmail.com).

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates!

Thanks again for your interest in abolishing the death penalty!

In Solidarity,

Andrea, Kevin, and the Amnesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaig

One fight for death penalty’s repeal – The Frederick News-Post Online

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Circle of Hope: Speak out against Death Penalty

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Maryland´s Death Penalty


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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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State’s majority party is divided on licensing system that is at the heart of O’Malley’s response to Newtown.

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Bill Turque FEB 5

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Md. Senate leader says ‘nothing’ will happen on transit without O’Malley

Md. Senate leader says ‘nothing’ will happen on transit without O’Malley

John Wagner FEB 5

Miller says the plan he introduced Monday will go nowhere unless the governor gets on board

 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)

invitation from amnesty international: come to annapolis! Hearings scheduled on DP repeal bill

Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Update January 31, 2013 Hello Abolitionists, Come to Annapolis!

Hearings have been scheduled on the death penalty repeal bill (SB 276 and HB 295) and we need to pack two hearing rooms on the afternoon of February 14: · The Senate and House committee hearing are simultaneous this year.

Gov. O’Malley will be first to testify in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 and will then move to the House Judiciary Committee. In each committee, O’Malley’s testimony will be followed by panels of speakers – elected officials, murder victims’ family members, clergy and law enforcement – in support of repeal. Make plans now to come to Annapolis to support death penalty repeal.

If you have not done so, call your state Senator and Delegates TODAY and urge them to vote “yes” on this year’s repeal bill. We expect this bill to move very quickly, so time is of the essence. You can find your state representatives at mdelect.net. Type your full address into the bar at the top and your elected leaders in Annapolis will appear near the bottom of the left column. You can click directly on those links to find their contact information. If you already know who your reps are, call the General Assembly at 800-492-7122 or 410-841-3000.

Sign the petition at SignOn.org


Are you a religious leader? If so, sign the religious leader sign-on letter at http://www.mdcase.org/node/198 no later than 5 p.m. Monday, February 4 and plan to attend Religious Leader Lobby Day on Wednesday, February 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information is available from mdcase.org/node/237. Use social media for social good. If you use Twitter, keep tweeting in support of death penalty repeal, and be sure to use the hashtags #mdrepeal, #EndMDDP and #mdga13.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, feel free to contact our SDPACs,

Andrea Hall (andreainrockville@yahoo.com)

or Kevin Scruggs (kevin.a.scruggs@gmail.com).

Thanks again for your interest in abolishing the death penalty! In Solidarity, Andrea, Kevin, and the Amnesty International USA Death


Prosecutor changed his mind about #deathpenalty? Listen live at 7pm EST at http://abolish2012.ncadp.org/  #mdrepeal @pgnaacp @naacp @AOSCC




NCADP Live Event


Wednesday December 5, 2012 @ 7pm -9pm

CASE CLOSED: DEATH PENALTY FORUM, featuring former State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey, Homicide Survivor Ric Wiggs, & the NAACP.

More details here. http://abolish2012.ncadp.org/  VIDEO

December 6th, 2012 7:00 PM through 09:00 PM

VOICES: A CRIME VICTIMS TOWN HALL, featuring homicide survivors Bonnita Spikes, Margery Patton, Ricardo Wiggs & also, Dee Gardner of the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center.

More details here.http://abolish2012.ncadp.org/

These events are sponsored by MD CASE – Maryland Citizens Against State Executions – which is a coalition of groups and individuals united to end the death penalty in Maryland through education, grassroots action, and public demonstration

Amnesty International: Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Update Dec. 6, 2012

Coat of arms of Annapolis, Maryland
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Amnesty International – Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Update December 6, 2012 

Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Update December 6, 2012

Hello abolitionists,

We are just one month away from the start of the legislative session in Annapolis — it’s time to mobilize! 

(Vixi liber et moriar:  “I have lived, and I shall die, free”

Several recent articles in The Washington PostGazette and Baltimore Sun have stated that Governor Martin O’Malley is still considering whether or not he will lead the push for death penalty repeal when the legislative session starts in January, and an editorial this week in the Baltimore Sun calls on him to lead the charge and get the job done: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-12-02/news/bs-ed-death-penalty-20121201_1_death-penalty-capital-punishment-lethal-injections.

Benjamin Jealous, head of the NAACP, has committed unprecedented levels of funding and staff resources from his organization to make sure that Maryland is the 17th state to abolish the death penalty and that we cross that milestone in 2013! He will be meeting with Governor O’Malley this month, urging him to make this a priority. Therefore, it is crucial that we keep up the pressure on both the Governor and on Maryland Senate president Mike Miller in the next two weeks. Here’s what you can do:

·       Call or write to Gov. O’Malley today! Tell him that death penalty repeal can be part of his legacy. You can reach his office at 410-974-3901 or 800-811-8336, or via mail at 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD  21401.  Pre-printed postcards are also available from Maryland CASE at www.mdcase.org.

·       If you live in Sen. Miller’s District, please contact him and urge him to support death penalty repeal this year. You can find your MD legislative district by typing your address into the search bar at www.mdelect.net. Click on the names of your state legislators on the left side of the page to link to their contact information.

·       Save the date! Our annual rally and lobby night in Annapolis will take place on Monday, January 28. We’ll gather at the capitol mid-afternoon to make our voices heard, then head to individual legislators’ offices around 5 p.m. Details to follow.


As our campaign moves forward, here are some other ways you can get involved:

· Help make calls to our allies in Maryland. In the next week we will begin making thousands of phone calls to supporters across the state, asking these constituents to contact their elected representatives in Annapolis. Volunteers will access our online database to make calls and scripts will be provided. Calls can be made from any place that you have a phone and a computer, on your own schedule. If you can help, please contact Maryland Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator Andrea Hall (andreainrockville@yahoo.com). If you’re not able to start making calls in the next two weeks, but will have time in January, please let us know. Calls to our swing votes in the Maryland General Assembly can make or break this year’s repeal bill.

· Host a table or other event. Any campus, coffeehouse or house of worship would be a great location to bring attention to the death penalty and mobilize supporters. We can walk you through all the steps to planning and putting on an event — just let us know how we can help!

The Maryland Death Penalty Abolition team can provide you with all the materials and assistance you need to make your event a success. To begin planning, or to get more information, contact Maryland Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator Andrea Hall (andreainrockville@yahoo.com).

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, feel free to contact our SDPACs, Andrea Hall (andreainrockville@yahoo.com) or Kevin Scruggs (kevin.a.scruggs@gmail.com).

Thanks again for your interest in abolishing the death penalty!

In Solidarity,

Andrea, Kevin, and the Amnesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates!

Opportunities and Upcoming Events:

Maryland Citizens Against State Executions (MD CASE) is hosting several events before the end of the year. Join activists in your area and learn more about how you can get involved in this exciting campaign. For more information, go to www.mdcase.org.

 Murder Victim Survivors Forum – Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m. at the Arc of Safety Christian Church (see address above). Free and open to the public.

 Rockin’ for Repeal, featuring Color School and 7 Door Sedan at The Electric Maid – Saturday, December 8, 8-11 p.m., 268 Carroll Street, Takoma Park. All ages welcome. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Purchase advance tickets through Will Call (willcallbooth.com).

CASE Benefit Reception – Monday, December 10, 6 – 8 p.m. at Food, Wine and Company, 7272 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. To reserve tickets, contact peterjones@mdcase.org.  

Be sure to sign our online petition to Governor O’Malley: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=goJTI0OvElH&b=2118059&aid=518537 

·Not from Maryland, but want to help? Contact Andrea or Kevin for more information about how you can support repeal!