The 27 to 20 vote was widely seen as a key step in ending capital punishment in Maryland, which has not executed a death-row prisoner since 2005. The legislation now goes before the House of Delegates, where a vote could come as early as next week.
Wash. Post – Death penalty repeal approved by Maryland Senate
Patrick Semansky/Associated Press – Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks at a rally in support of repealing the state’s death penalty in Annapolis on Jan. 15.