- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 30, 2003

Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. yesterday called for the abolition of the death penalty in an open letter to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and members of the General Assembly.
In his letter, Mr. Curran, a Democrat, cites the fallibility of the system and points to a strong likelihood that implementing the death penalty could result in the execution of people who are not guilty.
He is expected to discuss his stand at a press conference in Annapolis today.
Former Gov. Parris N. Glendening, a Democrat, last year imposed a moratorium on the death penalty until a study on the issue was completed. A study released this month by the University of Maryland reported a racial bias in capital-punishment sentencing.
Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican, lifted the ban soon after he was inaugurated this month.
As attorney general, Mr. Curran has no say in how county prosecutors decide to try death-penalty cases, but he represents the state in appellate courts in capital-punishment cases.
Twelve inmates are on death row in Maryland.



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