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Maryland governor takes brave step, commutes death sentences
Maryland governor takes brave step, commutes death sentences

The Maryland state legislature last year ended the death penalty in that state for all future crimes. This morning, Gov. Martin O’Malley decided to extend that reach to the past and commuted the sentences of the last four people on Maryland’s death row to life without the possibility of parole. It was the right, and just, move to make. My opposition -- and that of the Times’ editorial board -- to the death penalty is clear and longstanding. It’s a barbaric practice, is imposed arbitrarily, is prone to error, costs taxpayers an inordinate amount of money and, ultimately, is unethical. If it is morally wrong for an individual to kill another individual, then it is...

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