ANNAPOLIS, Md. —Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a measure Thursday repealing capital punishment in Maryland, as well as a bill that will strengthen the state's anti-bullying measures.
O'Malley began signing the bills at a ceremony around 10 a.m. Thursday. NAACP President Ben Jealous and Kirk Bloodsworth, a one-time Maryland death row inmate who was the first person in the United States freed by DNA evidence, were some of the many supporters in attendance.
Maryland is now the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.