The Delaware Supreme Court has abolished the state’s death penalty!
The ruling comes over Sixth Amendment concerns over the practice of a judge – not a jury – having the ultimate power to decide death sentences.
The state attorney general's office must now decide whether to seek reconsideration by the Delaware Supreme Court and whether it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state court's decision, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Now 20 states have abolished the death penalty and another 15 states have not had an execution in more than five years, plus the three other jurisdictions (D.C., the U.S. military, and the federal government) — 39 out of 53 jurisdictions in all.
The death penalty, it’s dying. Let’s keep up the momentum.