The US state of Maryland is poised to abolish the death penalty after its lawmakers voted 82 to 56 in favour of the move.The measure now needs to be signed by Governor Martin O'Malley to become law.
Correspondents say it will be a formality as the Democratic governor has campaigned for five years to have the death penalty repealed.
Once signed into law, Maryland will become the 18th US state to abolish executions.
This is tremendous news! There is no way to correct a miscarriage of justice in a death penalty case. When it is difficult to know whether you're imposing the penalty of death, or the penalty of murder, you know the law was unjust.

Anyway, warm congrats to Maryland and the assembly that made it happen.