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Death To DE Death Penalty? Activists Re-Ignite Bid For Repeal

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DOVER, Del. - Dozens of activists wearing buttons exclaiming their mission take their campaign to repeal the death penalty right into the heart of Legislative Hall.
     
Wilmington City council member Sherry Dorsey Walker says that "it's not to say that we don't want justice. The best type of justice is having someone serving life without parole."

Leading the movement on Wednesday, national advocate Sister Helen Prejean who wrote "Dead Man Walking" the true story of convicted criminal Elmo Sonnier, which later inspired a film of the same name.

For inmates currently on Death Row, activists call the system "broken and unfair".

In Delaware, 17 men have death sentences. One has been awaiting lethal injection for the past 22 years. The last capital punishment seen through was in 2012.

"We are a society that still thinks there's some crimes in which we can commission our government to kill our citizens because they've done bad acts," said Prejean.

Last year, the bill stalled in the House Judiciary committee by one vote, 6 to 5, after it passed the Senate 11-10.  Rep. Stephen Smyk (R-Milton) voted against the bill and said he would again this year.

"I can see overwhelmingly more people that would like to see it as it remains," said Smyk.

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