On Death and Soccer

Knowing they wouldn’t be able to get rid of the death penalty altogether the The Maryland House of Delegates voted 87 to 52 today to approve some of the nation’s tightest restrictions on death penalty cases.

The measure will limit capital cases to those with biological or DNA evidence, a videotaped confession or a videotape linking the defendant to a homicide. Those are among the steepest hurdles faced by prosecutors in the 35 states that have a death penalty.

“You have cleverly and successfully killed the death penalty in Maryland,” said Del. Patrick L. McDonough (R-Baltimore County), who argued that the bill’s restrictions are so strict that prosecutors will not be able to bring capital cases.

That was the point of it, to get rid of the death penalty without actually getting rid of it made it more likely to pass.
It’s cheaper.

It’s the weekend African teams are vying for one of 5 spots for the WC.
Hell with basketball this is all I care about.


Sudan’s Haytham Kamal Tambal fights for the ball against an unidentified Chadian player during their group ten African Nations Cup qualifying match for the 2010 World Cup in Cairo on September 6, 2008. AFP PHOTO / STR


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