Thank you Delaware Supreme Court
On August 2, 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was unconstitutional. Chief Justice Leo Strine, writing for the majority opinion stated, ” I join with many of my colleagues in concluding that Delawares’ current death penalty statute conflicts with the 6th amendment of the United States Constitution” The 6th amendment of the Constitution says you are entitiled to a fair jury. The interpretation by the United States Supreme last spring in Floridas’ Hurst decision and now by the Delaware supreme Court, is that a jury, not a judge must make the final determination in deciding who receives a death penalty.
The THANKS belong to many people, who worked hard for this victory over many years. Sally Milbury Steen, Pacem in Terris, Connie Kreshtool, Barbara Lewis, Rachel Livingstone, Molly Keogh, Ann Coleman, Senator Karen Peterson, Kathleen MacRae, Rep Sean LynnKevin O’Connell, NAACP and so many others
The Delaware DOJ may challenge the decision by seeking reconsideration at the Delaware Supreme Court or whether it will as the U.S. Supreme Court to review the states’ decision.
So, still, we all who advocated for the end of the death penalty must remain vigilant as we join 19 other states and D.C. with no death penalty. Although the remaining states have a death penalty statute on the books, the Governors of Colorado, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Washington state have issued a moratorium on the death penalty in their states.