DCODP’s website offers information, news, events, and action alerts for the purpose of abolishing Delaware’s death penalty.
This Wednesday, June 15th at 9:30 am, the Delaware Supreme Court will hear final oral arguments in preparation for deciding whether Delaware’s death penalty violates federal Constitutional standards.
Join us as we gather at 9:30 am in silence on the Green across from the Delaware Supreme Court, 55 The Green, Dover, DE 19901.
If you want to sit inside to hear the arguments, plan to be there by 8:30am as there is limited seating inside. Anyone entering the courthouse is asked to refrain from wearing pins, t-shirts, or other insignia related to their position on the death penalty.
If you cannot attend, you can follow the events on DE Supreme Court livestream video.
For further information on the arguments, go to DE Supreme Court Oral Arguments Rauf v State.
Today we announce the end of legislative action on SB40 but it is far from the end of this work to repeal the death penalty in Delaware! Sen. Karen Peterson and Rep. Sean Lynn, the prime sponsors of the bill, have decided to suspend further legislative action on the bill due to the robust constitutional review of Delaware’s capital punishment statute by the Delaware Supreme Court. Sen. Peterson and Rep. Lynn said the following:
“The U.S. Supreme Court has put the legitimacy of Delaware’s death penalty statute into question with its decision in Hurst v. Florida. Superior Court President Judge Jan Jurden has issued a temporary stay of all capital murder trials and executions. It only makes sense for the General Assembly to wait for the Delaware high court to rule before we decide on further action.” – Sen. Karen Peterson
“The prudent course of action at this point is to wait and see what the court decides.” – Rep. Sean Lynn
We are thrilled that the DE Supreme Court will be weighing the constitutionality of our death penalty and will continue to watch the court proceedings but as organizers we know, that working for justice is a year round endeavor not limited to the court room and the legislative process.
We will continue to educate the public put pressure on our legislators. Please continue to join us for “Moral Witness Wednesday” this Wednesday at 4:30pm. We will meet at a nearby church and walk over to Legislative Hall: Wesley United Methodist Church (Parking Lot, E. North st. Entrance), 209 S. State St., Dover, DE
Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton, and Rep. Sean Lynn, D-Dover, are suspending further legislative action on Senate Bill 40 – the death penalty repeal bill – due to the constitutional review of Delaware’s capital punishment statute by the Delaware Supreme Court.
“The U.S. Supreme Court has put the legitimacy of Delaware’s death penalty statute into question with its decision in Hurst v. Florida and Superior Court President Judge Jan Jurden has issued a temporary stay of all capital murder trials and executions,” Peterson said. “It only makes sense for the General Assembly to wait for the Delaware high court to rule before we decide on further action.”
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On January 28, 2016, the Delaware House of Representatives voted against Senate Bill 40 16-23-2.
Rep. Kim Williams’ NO vote was part of a procedural strategy to allow the bill to remain alive this session for a future vote.
Thank you to all those who showed courage and leadership in supporting this smart-on-crime bill.
Do not lose heart. Every time the issue is discussed, more light is shone on the issue. Abolition is coming. Please continue to contact your legislators on this important issue!
Starting Monday, February 8, 2016 there will be a march/rally from 11:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. in Dover. We will move as a group around Legislative Hall. We will carry signs and have some singing and chanting. The purpose of this action is to get the attention of state lawmakers and the public. This action is planned for each Monday in February. Meet in the parking lot on the east side of legislative hall Wear your Repeal buttons. Bring signs and lots of enthusiasm.
Delaware Representatives will finally have a chance to vote on SB 40 this Thursday, January 28th at Legislative Hall. The session starts at 2:00pm, but please arrive early to get a seat. Help us pack the House hall in Dover as legislators debate the bill.
The Press Conference is still scheduled for Wednesday, January 27th at 12:00pm. This event will help to build momentum for the debate and vote on Thursday.
This week, please contact your Representatives and urge them to vote YES on SB 40.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Press Conference!
Please Join the coalition supporting the Delaware Repeal Project for a press conference to address the racial inequities and other flaws in Delaware’s criminal justice system, and call for repeal of the death penalty. If you are available, please plan to stay and lobby your elected representative. Materials will be provided. Wednesday January 27, 2016 at 12:00pm. House Chamber in Legislative Hall. For more information please contact email@example.com. Please spread the word to your friends and groups. The more people who attend, the more our legislators will see that the death penalty is not the right policy for Delaware.