By John Wagner, The Washington Post
— February 13, 2013 — Vicki Schieber began her pitch to the undecided Maryland senator recently as she often does, by sharing the details of her story.
Her daughter, Shannon, was raped and murdered the day before she was planning to return home to Chevy Chase from the University of Pennsylvania for the summer. Shannon’s brother collapsed when he found her body. But no matter how horrific the crime, Schieber pushed back against prosecutors’ wishes to argue for a death sentence after the killer was caught.
“We didn’t want him put to death,” Schieber told Senator John C. Astle (D-Anne Arundel) at a recent meeting in his office. “This wasn’t the way we were going to find peace and closure.”
Schieber has made a similar pitch dozens of times over the past decade in Annapolis, as part of a cadre of activists pushing unsuccessfully for repeal of the state’s death penalty. On Thursday, she will be back once more, offering testimony to a pair of legislative panels.
Only this time, there’s reason to believe the result could be different.
This item appeared in the February 2013 CMN Newsletter.