O'Malley to discuss death penalty with NAACP president

Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet with NAACP president Benjamin Jealous Thursday morning to discuss topics including repealing the death penalty, according to a spokeswoman for the governor.

The meeting, planned for 9:30 a.m. at the state house, was granted at Jealous's request. "They are meeting," said O'Malley spokeswoman Raquel Guillory. "The death penalty will be a topic of discussion."

The NAACP will hold a news conference after the meeting. This year, the civil rights organization plans a major push for full repeal of the death penalty. The governor tried for a full repeal in 2009 -- but fell short in the Senate. The upper body has since become more liberal.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch has said that he would wait for the Senate to act before taking it up in the House.

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