US carries out the first federal execution in nearly two decades

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The U.S. on Tuesday carried out its first federal execution in almost two decades, killing by lethal injection a man convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. The execution of Daniel Lewis Lee, over the objection of the victims’ […]

Letter to the Editor: Racial bias in death penalty

Several Delaware legislators recently announced that they are preparing to introduce another bill proposing to reinstate Delaware’s death penalty. This bill joins another, House Bill 165, that is in committee. How do these legislators propose to prevent the execution of an innocent given that neither bill requires DNA evidence, and Delaware is already among 28 […]

Bill to reinstate death penalty announced

DOVER — Lawmakers on Wednesday filed legislation to reinstate the death penalty, which was struck down by the Delaware Supreme Court more than three years ago. The measure would replace a capital punishment proposal that has been stuck in committee since May. The bill, which is expected to be filed over the next six weeks, […]

Speak Out: Resuming death penalty

The Justice Department said Thursday that it will carry out executions of federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003. Five inmates who have been sentenced to death are scheduled to be executed starting in December. • More for Dems to whine about. — Micki Dash Leventry • It’s about time. — Jack […]

Commentary: Don’t give into vengeance with death penalty

By Ken Abraham 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 […]

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. […]