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