Commentary: Don’t give into vengeance with death penalty

The Delaware legislature is set to revisit the issue of capital punishment — to reinstate it, keep it or not to reinstate it. Let us join the 21 states which have had the wisdom to see that the death penalty is not a positive part of the criminal justice system. In light of some serious […]

Speak Out: Death penalty debate

Readers reacted to a recent letter by Kristin Froehlich headlined “No to death penalty reinstatement.” • It’s not a deterrent cause we don’t use it! We give the criminal 25 years of appeals! While locked up, they get three meals, a bed, TV, internet, iPads and free schooling! Let’s turn prison back into prison! It’s […]

Letter to the Editor: No to death penalty reinstatement

On May 30, New Hampshire became the 21st state to abolish the death penalty. As the sister of a murdered brother, I agree with the murder victims’ family members in New Hampshire who testified that the death penalty fails to provide for the needs of victims’ family members, often immersing them in more trauma. I […]

Speak Out: Reviving death penalty

Lawmakers on Tuesday announced legislation to put capital punishment back in place nearly three years after the state’s top court struck down the death penalty law. The bill is expected to be filed in the coming days. • You may not kill in my name or with my money. You must be prepared to refund […]

New legislation proposes to revive death penalty in Delaware

DOVER — Lawmakers on Tuesday announced legislation to put capital punishment back in place nearly three years after the state’s top court struck down the death penalty law. The bill is expected to be filed in the coming days. “I am familiar with multiple instances where criminals confessed to investigators that the possibility of the death […]

Ex-death row Delaware inmate who beat sex trafficking case arrested

HONOLULU — A day after Isaiah McCoy, a former death row inmate from Delaware, walked out of a U.S. courthouse in Hawaii a free man when prosecutors dropped sex trafficking charges against him, he found himself again in handcuffs. A judge ordered McCoy’s release Tuesday after prosecutors moved to dismiss a 10-count indictment against him. […]

COMMENTARY: The death penalty as retribution?

In reinstating Georgia’s death penalty in 1976, the Supreme Court of the United States appealed to two legitimate purposes of capital punishment: deterrence and retribution. My colleague Hsin-Wen Lee recently addressed the issue of deterrence. (“Does the punishment only deter ‘rational’ people?,” Jan. 24) Here I shall focus on retribution. Retribution is payback, and the […]

ISSUES AND ANSWERS: Capital punishment is ‘state-sponsored murder’

Do you think Delaware should reinstate the death penalty? No. Delaware should not reinstate the death penalty. In a landmark decision in 2016, Delaware’s Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional. Attorneys from the Office of Defense Services had successfully argued that giving judges final authority to impose death sentences violated the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee […]

ISSUES AND ANSWERS: Death penalty prevents killers from ‘killing again’

Do you think Delaware should reinstate the death penalty? Yes, Delaware should reinstate the death penalty. The death penalty is reserved for those who take the life of another, usually through violence or depravity. The death penalty removes the perpetrator from having the ability to kill again. As we saw with the murder of correctional […]

ISSUES AND ANSWERS: Does the death penalty only deter ‘rational’ people?

Human beings fear death. If we receive the death penalty for murdering innocent people, we won’t do it because we don’t want to die. Thus, the death penalty deters us from killing, plain and simple. This seems like common sense, doesn’t it? Then why do some abolitionists claim that the death penalty does not deter […]