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 […]

ISSUES AND ANSWERS: Death penalty appropriate for ‘horrible’ crimes

It has been a hard 18 months for first responders in Delaware where five brave and selfless public safety officers have been murdered in the line of duty: three firefighters on the Wilmington Fire Department, Lt. Christopher Leach, Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes and Senior Firefighter Ardythe Hope; one correctional officer, Lt. Stephen R. Floyd Sr.; […]

Legislators returning Tuesday after difficult 2017

DOVER — After one of the most trying final months of a legislative term in living memory, legislators return this week with hopes 2018 will be smoother. The second leg of the 149th General Assembly begins Tuesday, kicking off a six-month period that officials are sure will be eventful. Between now and the early morning […]

2017: Prison uprising dominated Delaware State News front pages

DOVER — The name and face we will remember most belong to Lt. Steven R. Floyd Sr. He was the correctional officer killed in the inmate violence and hostage situation Feb. 1-2 at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. The prison uprising tops this editor’s list of top stories for 2017. From Feb. 2 through […]

Former death row inmate carries on his fight outside prison walls

  DOVER — According to a former death row inmate, a former prosecutor’s alleged vendetta was supposedly satisfied with his first-degree murder conviction in 2012. Until it wasn’t, according to Isaiah W. McCoy, who was later exonerated. After an overturned guilty verdict and acquittal that followed in a second trial, Mr. McCoy left prison a […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No evidence that death penalty saves officers’ lives

Don’t our law enforcement officers and corrections officers deserve better than guesses about what will reduce their risk of being murdered? The outpouring of support for Cpl. Ballard and Sgt. Floyd indicates a genuine caring for these officers, their families, and colleagues. However, the support for House Bill 125, which proposes to reinstate Delaware’s death […]

Delaware House passes death penalty bill

  DOVER — The House of Representatives voted 24-16 Tuesday to reinstate the death penalty, sending the bill to the Senate. House Bill 125 would restore capital punishment after the Delaware Supreme Court struck down the state’s death penalty statute in August. Because the provision allowed a judge to make the final decision as to […]

Delaware House postpones vote on reinstating death penalty

DOVER — A top lawmaker in Delaware has postponed the Legislature’s vote Thursday on a bill reinstating the state’s death penalty because of a scheduling issue. House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf said in a statement that a lawmaker wanted to a call a witness who wasn’t available Thursday, when Schwartzkopf had scheduled the vote. He said […]

2016 in Review: Looking back, politics revealed a divided Delaware

DOVER — We will remember 2016 mostly for its politics. It was the year that Donald Trump landed his helicopter in Harrington and made a rollicking pitch to “Make America Great Again” on his unconventional journey to the White House. The Delaware State Fairgrounds stop was a red, white and blue rally like no other […]

Supreme Court vacates death sentences for Powell and 12 others

DOVER — In a surprise decision, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled Thursday the death sentence of convicted murderer Derrick Powell must be vacated.

Powell, sentenced to death in 2011 for the 2009 killing of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer, was appealing his punishment after the court ruled in August the state’s death penalty law was unconstitutional.

The court heard arguments last week and unanimously judged Powell could not be executed after being sentenced after a statute since thrown out.