LT. GOVERNOR BROWN STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF DEATH PENALTY
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 15, 2013) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown released the following statement today on the vote by the Maryland House of Delegates passage of legislation to repeal the death penalty:
“Today, the House of Delegates cast an historic vote towards ensuring a future for Maryland where we are free of a flawed, inaccurate, and biased death penalty system. As we replace the death penalty with lifetime sentences without the possibility of parole, we reaffirm our commitment to tough and appropriate punishments for those who are convicted of violent crimes. We’re going to continue our work in building a justice system that is both strong and fair, where our most critical responsibility is to keep all Marylanders safe. And we’re going to fight for a system where the search for truth, rather than a desire for vengeance, remains our goal. Today’s victory would not have been possible without the support and tireless efforts of a truly diverse coalition. Leaders from our faith community, advocacy groups, victims’ advocates, and citizens throughout Maryland who stood together and worked hard because they believed in a brighter, stronger future for our state. We are all grateful for their efforts.”
Lt. Governor Brown, a longtime opponent of the death penalty, played a central role in the Administration's efforts to pass this legislation. In January, he joined Governor O'Malley, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, various advocacy groups, and other state and local officials to rally for repeal of the death penalty as the Governor introduced the legislation. In addition to speaking at various community events across the state, he offered moving testimony in favor of the bill before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee last month, alongside the Governor, Jealous, and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker. The bill passed the House today by a vote of 82-56 and the Senate by a vote of 27-20 on March 6th.