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Maryland votes to end death penalty

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley at the Maryland State House on March 1, 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland. Maryland is poised to become the 18th US state to abolish executions after lawmakers voted Friday to end use of the death penalty. The measure now only needMaryland is poised to become the 18th US state to abolish executions after lawmakers voted Friday to end use of the death penalty. The Maryland House of Delegates voted 88 to 56 in favor of abolishing executions, after the state Senate passed the same bill earlier this month.