Delaware Senate to Vote on Repealing Death Penalty - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Delaware Senate to Vote on Repealing Death Penalty

Posted:
(Photo: MGN) (Photo: MGN)

DOVER, Del. (AP)- The state Senate is set to vote on a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty and sparing 17 killers already on death row.

The measure cleared a Senate committee last week and was scheduled for a vote by the full Senate on Tuesday.

Supporters of the bill argue that the death penalty is morally wrong, racially discriminatory, ineffective as a deterrent to violent crime and far more costly than putting killers in prison for life. They also point to cases in other states where condemned killers have later been exonerated.

The Delaware Police Chiefs' Council is opposing the bill.

Attorney General Beau Biden has said only that he believes capital punishment is appropriate in some cases, and Gov. Jack Markell has refused to say whether he favors the legislation.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Wife of Congressman Andy Harris Passes Away

    Wife of Congressman Andy Harris Passes Away

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:01:16 GMT
    The wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Harris passed away unexpectedly Thursday.More
    The wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Harris passed away unexpectedly Thursday.More
  • Maryland Universities and Colleges Prepare for Campus Fire Safety Month

    Maryland Universities and Colleges Prepare for Campus Fire Safety Month

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:57:05 GMT
    As a new semester begins on college campuses throughout the state, State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci reminds students to take actions to protect themselves and their friends from the devastating effects of fire. The State of Maryland has deemed September as “Campus Fire Safety Month.”More
    As a new semester begins on college campuses throughout the state, State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci reminds students to take actions to protect themselves and their friends from the devastating effects of fire. The State of Maryland has deemed September as “Campus Fire Safety Month.”More
  • No Change of Venue in Scarborough Case

    No Change of Venue in Scarborough Case

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:23:55 GMT
    18-year-old Jocori Scarborough, accused of raping a 15-year-old female student inside a Wicomico County school, will not have his trial moved out of the county.  Scarborough's defense attorney made the motion for a change of venue Thursday in court, but the motion was denied.More
    18-year-old Jocori Scarborough, accused of raping a 15-year-old female student inside a Wicomico County school, will not have his trial moved out of the county.  Scarborough's defense attorney made the motion for a change of venue Thursday in court, but the motion was denied. More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service