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8:54 am
Tue January 14, 2014

New Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Opposes Death Penalty

Credit Amnesty International Website

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The judge tapped by Gov. Jack Markell to become Delaware's new chief justice says he is personally opposed to the death penalty.

But Chancellor Leo Strine Jr. said Monday that judges and other public officials must follow the law in performing their duties and not impose their personal political preferences.

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8:57 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Convicted Killer Seeks Pardon in Delaware


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A convicted killer is asking the state Board of Pardons to commute his life sentence for first-degree murder.

Robert W. Hassett III was convicted of stabbing his stepmother to death with a steak knife in 2000.

According to court records, the stabbing followed an argument between Hassett and his father over loud music and partying in the apartment where he lived next to his father's mobile home in Seaford.

Hassett claimed that a friend of his killed his stepmother, but the jury rejected the notion.

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