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Delaware DP Repeal Stalls

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AP reports:

A bill to repeal Delaware's death penalty stalled in a House committee Wednesday after barely clearing the Senate last month.

Members of the Judiciary Committee took no action on the measure after it appeared it would fail to win passage.

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Attorney General Beau Biden and several other law enforcement officials argue that Delaware's death penalty is fairly and judiciously applied, even though supporters of the bill note that people sentenced to death in other states have later been exonerated.

"Is there something that's broken in our system that I'm not aware of?" asked Rep. John Mitchell, D-Elsmere, a retired police officer.

"I'm still convinced that Delaware's death penalty is working as it should," Mitchell said.
My statement to the Delaware committee is here.

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