Death penalty: What would you tell your senator?

Now that the procedural questions are out of the way, the Senate is set to engage in a full-fledged debate over whether to repeal Maryland's death penalty, to amend it or to leave it the same. The issue is complicated, and people on both sides are arguing their positions for a wide variety of reasons: The rights of victims, the worry that the state could execute the innocent, the cost of capital punishment, the need for an ultimate penalty for the most heinous crimes, etc. What do you think your state senator should consider when he or she votes later today?

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