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Supreme Court hears arguments in case of freed death row inmate
By Mark Fowser



The Delaware Supreme Court hears arguments involving a man who spent more than two decades on death row before being set free.

Wednesday's hearing involved prosecutors' appeal of a judge's ruling that they cannot retry Jermaine Wright using a coerced confession he gave to police while high on heroin.

Wright was sentenced to death for the murder of 66-year-old liquor store clerk Phillip Seifert in 1991.

The judge ruled in 2012 that Wright's confession was defective, but the state Supreme Court reversed that ruling, saying the judge's review was procedurally barred.

But following yet another appeal on other unresolved issues, the Supreme Court ruled last year that Wright was entitled to a new trial. After that, the judge denied admission of the confession as evidence.

Thursday night, the Complexities of Color Coalition will discuss the Jermaine Wright case and other issues at a town hall meeting scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Whatcoat United Methodist Church on Saulsbury Road in Dover

In a statement, Executive Director Donald Morton says the case "is just one glimpse inside a broken system that disproportionately targets African Americans and is riddled with misconduct."

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(Statement below)

The Complexities of Color Coalition is releasing the following statement from its Executive Director Dr. Donald Morton as the Delaware Supreme Court hears arguments in the death penalty case of Jermaine Wright:



“The Jermaine Wright case is just one glimpse inside a broken system that disproportionately targets African Americans and is riddled with misconduct. This is why we are holding town meetings across Delaware. We need to wake up the political establishment and get them to see what’s happening and take action on our agenda to stop it.”



The Jermaine Wright case will be discussed along with many other issues at the Kent town hall meeting tomorrow night, October 29th, at 7:00PM at Whatcoat United Methodist Church, 341 Saulsbury Road in Dover.





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