Death Penalty Repeal Stalled in Delaware

May 1, 2013

Senator Karen Peterson (D-Stanton)

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A House committee has voted to table a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty.

Tuesday's vote by the Judiciary Committee came after its meeting last week ended in confusion, with supporters of the bill failing to win approval to table it and opponents prevented from taking a vote against it.

But majority Democrats acknowledged that the bill did not have enough votes to be released from committee last week.

Last week's standoff sent House lawyers to work studying whether rules governing House procedures were followed, and the scheduling of Tuesday's special meeting.

The measure barely cleared the Senate last month on an 11-10 vote, even after chief sponsor Sen. Karen Peterson removed a controversial provision that would have spared the lives of 17 inmates already awaiting execution in Delaware.