Maryland Commission Votes to Abolish Death Penalty

Commission takes recommendation to lawmakers, governor next month

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A state commission voted to recommend abolishing the death penalty in Maryland.

The Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment voted 13-7 to make the recommendation in its report to lawmakers and the governor next month.

The vote came after the failure of a proposed amendment to keep the death penalty for people who kill correctional officers or police officers.

The report to the General Assembly is due Dec. 15.

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