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Demise of death row inmate rekindles debate over capital punishment
Demise of death row inmate rekindles debate over capital punishment

Convicted double murderer John Booth-El died in prison over the weekend, but a thorny debate outlived him: What should happen to the four other death-row inmates in legal limbo after the repeal of Maryland's capital punishment law? Booth-El's death, which authorities said appeared to be from natural causes, rekindled debate over whether the inmates — all convicted of murder and sentenced years ago — should have their terms commuted to reflect the state's new attitude toward the death penalty. Booth-El's attorney, Michael Millemann, said Monday that in the aftermath of the repeal last year, it's illogical that prisoners continue to exist under threat...

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