A Superior Court judge in Delaware has ordered a halt to the death penalty in the state.
Jurden's order comes weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Hurst v. Florida that allowing judges instead of juries to impose death sentences violates the Sixth Amendment. Delaware and Alabama both have death sentencing schemes similar to Florida.
Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, said the state was better off halting its death penalty until the state Supreme Court weighs the constitutional issues raised by Hurst.
"If they don't know whether they have a constitutional statute, they won't want to try the case just to discover they have to redo it," he said.
Delaware has not had an execution since 2012, according to the Delaware Department of Corrections. None of the state's death row inmates have scheduled execution dates.
A bill to abolish the death penalty in Delaware failed to clear the state House in a 23-16 vote last Thursday, though the measure is expected to be reconsidered.
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