March 14, 2009 |
To New Mexico Atty. Gen. Gary King, a prison guard's slaying cried out for the death penalty: Inmates had stabbed him two dozen times. But when the defense ran out of money, the state Supreme Court ruled that King could not seek a death sentence until the lawyers were paid -- approximately $200,000 for each of the three defendants, King said. When state legislators refused to allocate more money, prosecutors dropped their pursuit of the death penalty.
March 15, 2013 |
Maryland is moving closer to becoming the 18th state to end executions, with the House of Delegates expected to pass a bill which has already passed the Senate. Last week, the Senate passed a bill that replaces the death penalty with life in prison without parole. That passage was considered a tougher fight than approval by the House, where a vote could come Friday. Gov. Martin O'Malley, who tried to end capital punishment in 2009, has pledged to sign the bill into law. Capital punishment has been an increasingly questioned in recent years on a variety of grounds.