Forum on Application of Death Penalty in Md. Slated for Aug. 31

Source: Campaign to End the Death Penalty

Those concerned about the death penalty can learn from experts about Maryland's legal system and its application of that penalty. Questions to be addressed at a forum to be held Wed., Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. at the office of the American Friends Service Committee, 4806 York Rd. in Baltimore, include:

What is the legal route traveled by an inmate’s case when the state’s attorney chooses to seek the death penalty?

What is the meaning and the significance of the statistical analysis of Maryland’s death penalty by Dr. Raymond Paternoster of the University of Maryland? That study was the first to examine the influence of race and geography in Maryland's death penalty system.

What is the status of the cases of some of the men now on Maryland’s Death Row?

Attorneys specializing in the Maryland’s death penalty will address these issues and lead a discussion on what needs to be done to assure an equitable legal system.

For information, email: SaveVernon@excite.com ("Save Vernon" relates to Vernon Evans, an inmate currently on Maryland's death row.)

The event is sponsored by: Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Jonah House, Pax Christi, Baltimore Green Party, The Memorial Episcopal Peace and Justice Group, and Amnesty USA.

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This story was published on August 25, 2005.