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Maryland death penalty ban heads to Martin O'Malley's desk

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All that stands before a repeal of Maryland's death penalty is a swipe of Gov. Martin O'Malley's pen as the General Assembly gave final approval to the bill on Friday. The House erupted into applause after the announcement of the chamber's 82-56 vote to repeal capital punishment and replace it with life without the possibility of parole. The Senate passed the bill March 6. Though the...