16 December 2016

Delaware Temporarily Without Death Row Inmates Or Death Penalty

The Delaware's state Supreme Court earlier on declared its death penalty unconstitutional in a death penalty appeal for procedural reasons. Yesterday, it declared that its decision was retroactive causing the death sentences of the other 11 people on its death row to be converted to life imprisonment sentences. 

Delaware will not have a death penalty until the state legislature enacts a new, procedurally compliant statute, if it wishes to do so, and will not have anyone on death row until someone is convicted pursuant to that newly enacted statute.

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