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Delaware House rejects legislation to abolish death penalty

Delaware House rejects legislation to abolish death penalty

The Delaware House has rejected a bill to abolish the state's death penalty.

The legislation, which does not apply to inmates currently on death row, was defeated 23 to 16 Thursday in the House after barely clearing the Senate last year.

The legislation had languished in the House Judiciary Committee until last week, when the chairman, a retired police officer and opponent of the measure, agreed to release it for a vote by the full House.

Judiciary Committee members voted 6-5 last May not to send the bill to the full House after it narrowly cleared the Senate on an 11-to-9 vote.

But House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. John Mitchell, D-Elsmere, who opposes...

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