Death penalty foes rejoice

Death penalty opponents Sylvester Schieber, left, his wife, Vicki, center, Kirk Bloodsworth, the first American sentenced to death row who was exonerated by DNA, and NAACP President Ben Jealous, right, react Friday after watching the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis approve a measure to ban capital punishment. The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign it. Maryland would become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.
Death penalty opponents Sylvester Schieber, left, his wife, Vicki, center, Kirk Bloodsworth, the first American sentenced to death row who was exonerated by DNA, and NAACP President Ben Jealous, right, react Friday after watching the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis approve a measure to ban capital punishment. The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign it. Maryland would become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty. Patrick Semansky/Ap photo

Death penalty opponents Sylvester Schieber, left, his wife, Vicki, center, Kirk Bloodsworth, the first American sentenced to death row who was exonerated by DNA, and NAACP President Ben Jealous, right, react Friday after watching the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis approve a measure to ban capital punishment. The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign it. Maryland would become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.

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