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Maryland Senate defeats bill halting executions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The state Senate Tuesday narrowly defeated a bill that would have halted executions until the fairness of Maryland's death penalty could be studied further.

Ten Democrats joined 14 Republicans in opposing the measure, which lost 24-23.

Gov. Robert Ehrlich had pledged a veto. When he took office in January, he overturned a moratorium imposed by then-Gov. Parris Glendening last year. Glendening had stopped executions pending the results of a University of Maryland study, which concluded the system is marked with racial and jurisdictional disparities.