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Maryland governor commutes sentences to empty the state's death row

Outgoing Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley commuted the death sentences of four inmates on Wednesday, emptying the state's death row. O'Malley, a possible Democratic presidential contender, led the push to abolish the death penalty in the state two years ago, and he said that executing the last remaining death-row inmates "does not serve the public good of the people of Maryland." Outgoing state Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) said carrying out the sentences would have been illegal since the state no longer has a death-penalty law.