Ambiguous Language in the 2009 Law Spawns Confusion

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Ambiguous Language in the 2009 Law Spawns Confusion

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In 2009, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation that created new requirements for the evidence required to seek the death penalty. Specifically, the law restricts death penalty eligibility to those cases where there is:1) biological evidence linking the defendant to the murder,2) a voluntary videotaped interrogation and confession of the defendant to the murder, or3) video that conclusively links the defendant to the murder.It was a well-intentioned effort to limit executions to those cases where the evidence wasfoolproof. Unfortunately, none of these evidentiary restrictions are, in fact, foolproof.

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January 2012

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Ambiguous Language in the 2009 Law Spawns Confusion, Maryland’s Death Penalty: Still Here, Still Unfair. More Arbitrary and Costly, David, Aaronson, MD CASE – Maryland Citizens Against State Executions

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