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Appeals Keep 2 Inmates on Death Row Despite Overturned Law

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 7:53 AM Updated:
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DOVER, Del. (AP)- Two men are still on death row in Delaware despite the state Supreme Court ruling the state's death penalty unconstitutional more than a year ago.

Michael R. Manley and David D. Stevenson have been fighting their first-degree murder conviction for decades, and those appeals are keeping the two on death row.

When the state or U.S. Supreme Court declares a law unconstitutional, cases pending appeals will be modified next time in court.

Death Penalty Information Center Executive Director Robert Dunham says this also happened when Ohio's death penalty was declared unconstitutional in 1978; 54 were pending in the state's Supreme Court and all of those were resentenced to life in prison, but those in the appellant process took longer.

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