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Last 4 on Md. death row to have sentences commuted

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Outgoing Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday that he will commute the capital sentences of the state's last four inmates on death row to life in prison, saying executing them "does not serve the public good of the people of Maryland." Two years ago, the General Assembly abolished the death penalty in the state, making the ultimate sentence in new cases life in prison without the possibility of parole. That left five previously sentenced inmates on death row; one of them, John Booth-El, died in prison this year. The governor noted in a statement that outgoing Democratic Attorney General Doug Gansler recently asserted that...

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