‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ (Delaware Repeal)

‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ (Delaware Repeal)
March 14 15:28 2016 Print This Article

DOVER – Monday, February 22, 2016 – Faith community leaders, nonprofit organization’s parents, murder victims family members went to legislative hall to call for the death penalty repeal.

Kim Williams is expected to reintroduce the SB-40 bill in early March of 2016, organizers expect plenty of supporters to be on hand for the reintroduction of the SB-40 on the legislative floor.

Chandra Pitts Said – every single Monday is deemed moral Monday and we will be there for action collectively to raise one voice as one people one movement for justice.

Jeremy Collins is part of the coalition spearheading has mobilize many in the community from a very grassroots level.

“The U.S. Supreme Court has put the legitimacy of Delaware’s death penalty statute into question with its decision in Hurst v. Florida. Superior Court President Judge Jan Jurden has issued a temporary stay of all capital murder trials and executions. It only makes sense for the General Assembly to wait for the Delaware high court to rule before we decide on further action.” – Sen. Karen Peterson 

“The prudent course of action at this point is to wait and see what the court decides.” – Rep. Sean Lynn

We are thrilled that the DE Supreme Court will be weighing the constitutionality of our death penalty and will continue to watch the court proceedings but as organizers we know, that working for justice is a year round endeavor not limited to the court room and the legislative process.

“The commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ has absolute value, and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,” Pope Francis said Sunday, urging that the death penalty be abolished.

Thursday January 28, 2016, the Delaware House of Representatives voted against Senate Bill 40 16-23-2.

Rep. Kim Williams’ NO vote was part of a procedural strategy to allow the bill to remain alive this session for a future vote.

Thank you to all those who showed courage and leadership in supporting this smart-on-crime bill.

Do not lose heart. Every time the issue is discussed, more light is shone on the issue. Abolition is coming. Please continue to contact your legislators on this important issue!

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