House panel takes up death penalty bill

A state House committee is considering a bill to repeal Delaware's death penalty.

The measure, to be considered today, barely cleared the Senate last month on an 11-10 vote, even after the sponsor removed a controversial provision that would have spared the lives of 17 inmates awaiting execution in Delaware.

Supporters of the bill argue that the death penalty is morally wrong, racially discriminatory, ineffective as a deterrent to violent crime and far more costly than sentencing killers to life in prison without parole.

Attorney General Beau Biden and several leaders of the law enforcement community oppose the bill.

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