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Miller talks about changing death penalty law

Thursday - 2/14/2013, 1:48pm  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's Senate president says he would like to change the state's death penalty law to allow capital cases to be brought with a wider variety of evidence than is currently allowed, if efforts to repeal capital punishment fail.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who supports the death penalty, said Thursday he believes a measure to repeal it will pass by "a comfortable margin." But he thinks supporters of capital punishment will petition the bill to the ballot for voters to decide in 2014.

In 2009, lawmakers decided to restrict the death penalty to murder cases with DNA evidence, videotaped evidence or a videotaped confession.

If voters end up rejecting repeal, Miller says the law should be changed to allow capital cases with fingerprinting or photographic evidence as well.


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