Saturday, August 10, 2002

death penalty in delaware

A few weeks ago, a capital case in Delaware was put on hold while the impact of the Arizona v. Ring case could be gauged by the Delaware Supreme Court. Going through the local paper the other morning, the news was that another case had been halted while the Court considers the US Supreme Court ruling.

The State Supreme Court is reviewing Delaware's new death penalty statute, and the constitutionality of a number of death penalty cases on appeal. There are presently 20 capital murder cases in Delaware that are pending trial. The decision of the State's highest Court will influence the procedures to be followed in those cases. I expect that over the next few weeks, we'll see more of those capital cases reported as being put on hold while the Court considers how they should go forth.