Former NM Governor Visits Dover to Push for Death Penalty Repeal - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Former NM Governor Visits Dover to Push for Death Penalty Repeal

Posted:

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Supporters of a push in Delaware to repeal the state's death penalty are continuing to bring high-profile advocates to Dover in hopes of swaying lawmakers.

The repeal has been stuck in the legislature for almost exactly a year. It narrowly passed the state Senate before stalling in the House Judiciary Committee.

Recently, there's been a significant push to un-stall it.  It included a visit by former UN ambassador and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to Dover Thursday.

"I'm not here to lecture. I'm here to express my experiences. My state, I believe, is safer," he said.

Once a death penalty supporter, Richardson actually ended up changing his mind. He even signed a repeal into law in New Mexico.

"The issue became more real to me, because I knew the day would come when one of two things would happen. One - I would have to take legislation to repeal the death penalty, or more daunting, I might have to sign someone's death warrant."

Richardson isn't only the latest high-profile visitor to Dover pushing for repeal. Last week Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking," was in Dover.

Despite these visits, opponents of repeal, like the state's law enforcement community, remain committed to keeping the punishment in Delaware.

"They're not Delawareans," said Tom Brackin, president of the Delaware State Troopers Association. "They don't vote in Delaware. They don't represent Delaware. I think our legislators are more inclined to listen to their constituents and those who serve them here in Delaware.

Brackin doesn't see key lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee changing their minds.

"The facts that were in front of them last year are the same facts that are in front of legislators this year," he said.

Still, Richardson is hopeful opinions will change.

"Delaware deserves a vote on this important piece of legislation. It's a matter of life and death," the former governor said.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has been quiet publicly about where he stands on the issue. Gov. Richardson acknowledged he spoke with Markell today. But he refused to characterize Markell's position.

Delaware has 17 inmates on death row but currently does not have the necessary chemicals to carry out an execution if one were ordered.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Local Fans React to Cape-Smyrna "Basketbrawl"

    Local Fans React to Cape-Smyrna "Basketbrawl"

    Feb 23, 2018 10:21 PM2018-02-24 03:21:00 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 10:22 PM EST2018-02-24 03:22:26 GMT
    DOVER, Del.- After a fight broke out at a high school basketball game on Thursday night, local fans were shocked that violence ensued during a playoff match-up. The fight broke out before the conference game between Cape Henlopen and Smyrna finished at MiMore
    After a fight broke out at a high school basketball game on Thursday night, local fans were shocked that violence ensued during a playoff match-up. More
  • Man Pleads Guilty in 2017 Laurel Murder

    Man Pleads Guilty in 2017 Laurel Murder

    Feb 23, 2018 2:53 PM2018-02-23 19:53:00 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:42 PM EST2018-02-23 20:42:59 GMT
    Stephon JacksonStephon Jackson
    Stephon JacksonStephon Jackson
    A 19-year-old Laurel man faces up to 105 years in prison after pleading guilty to a 2017 shooting that left an 18-year-old man dead.More
    A 19-year-old Laurel man faces up to 105 years in prison after pleading guilty to a 2017 shooting that left an 18-year-old man dead.More
  • Hebron Man Assaults Deputy, Sheriff's Say

    Hebron Man Assaults Deputy, Sheriff's Say

    Feb 23, 2018 6:17 PM2018-02-23 23:17:00 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 6:17 PM EST2018-02-23 23:17:38 GMT
    A Hebron man faces assault charges after he allegedly attacked a Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputy while being arrested for drug possession among other illegal activity.More
    A Hebron man faces assault charges after he allegedly attacked a Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputy while being arrested for drug possession among other illegal activity.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices