| Feb 4, 2014
| 6:41 PM
Transgender people and their advocates urged a panel of senators Tuesday to help make Maryland the 18th state to protect them from discrimination in housing, at work and in public places.
Lawmakers have considered expanding anti-discrimination laws to...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 4:19 PM
A string of acquittals for a man accused of raping several Baltimore women has renewed a debate over whether the law should be changed to help prosecutors secure sex offense convictions.
Nelson Bernard Clifford, 35, has been cleared in four trials in...
| May 2, 2013
| 3:46 PM
Surrounded by religious leaders, civil rights activists and others who have fought for years to stop executions in Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation Thursday repealing the state's death penalty.
Unless the law is overturned in a...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 5:07 PM
With the season for legislating over in Maryland as of last Monday, the season for raising cash for campaigns has begun.
For the next nine months, until the General Assembly convenes in Annapolis Jan. 8, candidates for the legislature, governorship and...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 9:21 PM
The General Assembly took an important step toward repealing Maryland's death penalty Thursday night when a key committee, for the first time in decades, approved a bill to end capital punishment.
The Senate Judicial Proceedings committee voted 6-5 to...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 6:19 PM
Proponents of repeal of the death penalty have picked up a potentially pivotal vote in the Senate with the decision of Sen. Ronald N. Young of Frederick County to support an end to executions in Maryland.
In an interview last night, the previously...
| Jan 14, 2013
| 9:01 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley will announce Tuesday that he will make an all-out push for repeal of the death penalty in Maryland, renewing an effort that narrowly fell short four years ago.
The governor is scheduled to appear at a noon news conference in...
| Jan 13, 2013
| 2:01 PM
A new poll shows Marylanders strongly support two gun control measures that Gov. Martin O'Malley has suggested he might ask the General Assembly to pass in the wake of last month's elementary school massacre in Connecticut.
On another measure the...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 12:35 PM
UPDATE: An earlier version of this article described the two senators as opponents of death penalty repeal. They are both considered proponents of repeal.
A change in the membership of a key Maryland Senate committee could hand Gov. Martin O'Malley a...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 4:25 PM
The NAACP is vowing to mount in Annapolis its largest-ever effort to abolish the death penalty in a state, saying Maryland's historic role in the civil rights movement makes it an appropriate place for the push.
In an interview, NAACP President Ben...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 12:00 PM
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is right about one thing. Voting is the "most sacred right possessed by an American citizen." ("Facts and opinions from the campaign," Sept. 9.)
However, the voter ID laws that he and his Republican colleagues support...
| May 15, 2012
| 12:10 PM
Pit bull owners and other animal advocates won't get a chance to overturn a recent Court of Appeals decision labeling the breed as dangerous during the special General Assembly session now under way, but they might get their chance if the legislature...