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Md. death penalty supporters aim to reverse repeal

Friday - 5/3/2013, 12:58pm  ET

Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland death penalty supporters plan a petition drive aimed at overturning the state's newly signed death penalty repeal.

Del. Neil Parrott and Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger announced the petition drive for a referendum Friday, a day after Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the repeal measure into law.

Parrott, a Washington County Republican, is chairman of He has already submitted petition language to the Maryland State Board of Elections to be sure that the language is legally sufficient.

They would need to get 55,736 signatures to petition the measure to referendum in November 2014. They would need to get one-third of those signatures by midnight May 31 to qualify to move forward.

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