NAACP President Benjamin Jealous says he's hopeful the votes will be there to repeal capital punishment in Maryland in the next legislative session.
Jealous met with Gov. Martin O'Malley this morning for about 45 minutes in the Maryland State House in Annapolis to discuss the issue, according to the Associated Press.
O'Malley, a Democrat who opposes capital punishment, pushed for repeal in 2009. However, full repeal stalled in the Senate, which opted to limit when capital cases could be sought instead of repealing the state's death penalty law.
Jealous, who is also the CEO of the NAACP, says he feels the chances of Senate passage are the best they have ever been. The session begins in January.
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