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Delaware Constitutional Amendment on Bail Stalls


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Aproposed constitutional amendment allowing bail to be denied for defendantscharged with non-capital crimes has failed to clear the state House. 

The bill fell threevotes short of the required two-thirds majority in a House vote Wednesday, butthere's a possibility it could be resurrected before the legislative sessionends next week.      

The amendment, supportedby Attorney General Beau Biden, was defeated twice in the state Senate lastJune before being resurrected and passed in a little-noticed midnight vote onthe final day of legislative session.     

The proposed amendmentis aimed at stopping the release of violent offenders who wind up being chargedwith more violent crimes after being released on bail.          

Currently, bail can bedenied only for first-degree murder.


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