After 3-Year Delay, Delaware Set To Resume Capital Punishment


Delaware’s death penalty was upheld as constitutional on Monday, paving the way for executions — on hold since May 2006 — to resume, reports the Wilmington News Journal. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said Monday he was pleased the court ruled that Delaware is meeting its constitutional obligations and that his office will be working with Superior Court to begin “scheduling executions as appropriate.”

In its 47-page opinion, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals warned Delaware about “the worrisome course it appears to have taken at times” in executions. “The record before us reflects an occasional blitheness on Delaware’s part that, while perhaps not unconstitutional, gives us great pause. We remind Delaware not only of its constitutional obligation … but also of its moral obligation to carry out executions with the degree of seriousness and respect that the state-administered termination of human life demands,” Circuit Judge D. Michael Fisher wrote.

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