Delaware Senate Votes To Repeal Death Penalty

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Just a few weeks after the Maryland legislature voted to repeal its death penalty, the Delaware Senate narrowly voted for a similar bill 11-10. The bill now goes to the state house, where Democrats enjoy a 26-15 majority. Gov. Jack Markell (D) has not yet said whether he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

As Cornell law professor John Blume explains, the rate of death sentences is unusually high in Delaware, and it is most likely to be applied in a particular kind of case — cases with black defendants and white victims:

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