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Senator David Brinkley presented two of the 13 amendments on the bill. All of the amendments failed. Brinkley's amendments would have allowed capital punishment for serial killers and required the governor to commute the sentences of those on death row if the bill passed.
"What he's [O'Malley] doing is he's just trying to pander so that he can win election for president in Iowa in 2016, and the fact is he's trying to pander again to the left and the Democrat party," says Brinkley, (R) - Frederick County.
"Every amendment was a way to
try and not end the death penalty, and they were very well planned and
staged," says Sen. Ron Young, (D) -
Western Maryland Senators George Edwards, Chris Shank, and David Brinkley are against repealing the death penalty.
"To repeal the death penalty,
in my estimation, is not a good move for
"When we hear the stories and
the atrocities of what those individuals did, there are truly monsters among
us," Brinkley says. "Therefore, I do think
"The North Branch is where they
keep the badest of the bad, those on death row, life without parole, and the
lifers go go there. I know a lot of people who work there, and they keep their
eyes on those people more than other people because what do they have to
lose," says Sen. George Edwards, (R) - Garrett, Allegany, and
Young plans to vote for a repeal of the death penalty.
"I think those people should be locked up in a manner with very few privileges where they can never do anything again, and I think life in prison without parole is a very slow death penalty," Young says.
Young says he expects the bill to narrowly pass the senate. It would then head to the Maryland House of Delegates.
The senate is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday. You can read it by clicking here.