Governor Parris Glendening
35404 Wango Rd #2
Pittsville MD 21850
Feb 27, 2002
Annapolis MD 21401
Dear Governor Glendening,
I am writing to you as a Maryland taxpayer, in support of
a moratorium on executions in the state. I urge you to issue
an executive order enacting such a moratorium for the following
- First, I agree with Amnesty International and countless others
that state executions (the "death penalty") are wrong. I believe that
two wrongs don't make a right and that society's work is in preventing
crimes, rehabilitating offenders, and protecting its citizens from
future crimes; not in retribution and revenge for past crimes. Thus
like many, I support full abolition of state executions ("the
- Second, millions of people including those who do not support full
abolition recognize the arbitrary, biased, and racially and
economically based dimensions of the death penalty.
- Third, a moratorium (as overwhelmingly passed by the House of
Delegates and would have been in the senate were it not for the filibuster)
is the only way to ensure that the study you commissioned on racial
disparity, is carried out fully, accurately, and without bias.
- Fourth, the percentage of Maryland death row inmates who are
African American, 67%, is the highest rate in the nation.
I write in support of the Moratorium and to respectfully request
you issue an executive order enacting a moratorium until your study is
complete and the legislature has the opportunity to review the study's
Harel Barzilai, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematics