Del. bill would revoke bail for serious crimes

July 12, 2009 11:36:47 AM PDT
Delaware lawmakers will consider a bill next session to end bail eligibility for people charged with serious crimes. The Senate bill, which passed this session, doesn't specify offenses for which bail would automatically be denied. Rep. Greg Lavelle says lawmakers will get a chance to change what offenses would exclude people from bail eligibility. The House will consider the bill in January.

Currently, Delaware's Constitution denies bail to people charged with aggravated first-degree murder, the state's only capital offense.

Changes to the Constitution require approval in two consecutive General Assembly sessions, so the bill wouldn't take effect until 2011 at the earliest.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com

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