The Death Penalty Moratorium Has Been Challenged In Pennsylvania

Just recently the governor of the state of Pennsylvania put a stay on all executions in the state in virtue of a review of the execution of death penalty. He’s of the view that the execution procedure being followed in the state has many errors in it and based on this he had requested the task force of the state to go deep into the details of execution procedures.

While this decision was accepted happily by many, there are other people who have opposed this step from the governor vehemently. One of the opposing people is Seth Williams, the district attorney from Philadelphia.

Seth Williams had filed a petition in the Supreme Court of the state and is of the view that such a moratorium should be rejected altogether. He thought that the moratorium and ban from the governor on executions is unconstitutional in nature and that this is a sheer display of state power trying to intrude into the powers of the courts and legislature.

Seth Williams also said that only the people with cruel minds and brutal intentions are the ones who are and will be thankful for such a moratorium. He was hinting at the inmates whose efforts caused the questions being raised on state’s execution procedures.

William Terrance, an inmate, has been saved from his execution temporarily for as long as the reports are provided to Tom Wolf and orders are passed for allowing the executions to take place as they have been. William Terrance was on death row and his execution was scheduled to take place on March 04, 2015. However, the orders from the governor have spared him until the ban is lifted.

Saying, that only the people with ill intentions could support such a moratorium, Seth Williams, alluded to the killing done by William Terrance. William Terrance killed Amos Norwood brutally in 1984.

The death penalty issue has been a big controversy in the recent past all around the US. Bills, proposals, laws and challenges are taking place in the courts of various states in the country all at the same time pertaining to the death penalty, its effectiveness, constitutionality etc.

Just recently, Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, showed his support for the moratorium on death penalty unless a decision was taken by the Supreme Court of the US on the constitutionality of the death penalty. Furthermore, the senator in Indiana also came forward with a bill proposing to put an end to the death penalty in the state.

Reference: Many thanks to Michael P. Ehline, an attorney from Los Angeles, for providing useful information for this post. More about his him and his business can be found here.