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Report Calls for Vast Reform of Pennsylvania Death Penalty

A long-awaited study on the state of the death penalty in Pennsylvania was released on Monday. The report — recommended by the Pennsylvania General Assembly seven years ago […]


Can El-Shabazz Win Over Voters Despite His Tax Debts, Ties to Seth Williams?

Tariq El-Shabazz, a Democrat running for district attorney, has baggage. A lot of baggage. reported that there are more than $190,000 in tax lien judgements […]


FBI: We Gave Flawed Testimony in 6 Pennsylvania Death Row Cases

FBI analysts gave testimony that contained serious scientific errors in hundreds of trials over the course of two decades, including 29 in Pennsylvania, the Justice […]


When Murder Turns Us Into Monsters

Last week, I spent the majority of my time reporting on the murder of Jim Stuhlman, an unarmed 51-year-old man who was shot dead on […]


Court to Hear Challenge to Death Penalty Moratorium

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear Philly D.A. Seth Williams’ challenge to Gov. Tom Wolf’s moratorium on executions, the court said Tuesday. “In a brief […]


Meet 6 (OK, Maybe 5) Reasons Why Tom Wolf Is Right About the Death Penalty

The death penalty debate has flared up again in Pennsylvania, thanks to the death penalty moratorium issued by Governor Tom Wolf on February 13th. And […]


DA Seth Williams Sues Governor Tom Wolf Over Death Penalty Moratorium

Less than one week after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf decreed a death penalty moratorium in the state, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has fired back […]


Seth Williams, Risa Ferman Slam Tom Wolf Over PA Death Penalty Moratorium

On Friday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf — less than a month into his new job — issued a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania, […]


Gov. Wolf: No More Death Penalty (For Now)!

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that he is placing a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania until he reviews an upcoming report by the Task Force and Advisory […]


Dear Village Voice: Please Correct Your Cool C Execution Story

In the early morning hours on Wednesday, New York’s Village Voice newspaper published a story stating that former Philadelphia rapper Cool C was to be […]


Philly Rapper Cool C Granted Stay of Execution

Update: Despite numerous national reports today of his impending execution tomorrow (including ours below), Philadelphia rapper Cool C was granted a stay of execution by a Philadelphia judge […]


Corbett Issues Temporary Reprieve in Execution

Gov. Tom Corbett on Friday issued a stay of execution for convicted murder Hubert Michael — so that corrections officials will have enough time to […]


3 Reasons We Need to End the Pennsylvania Death Penalty

First of all, much praise to the Inquirer and City Paper. They’re among the publications joining the ACLU to sue the state to get information on […]


Smerconish’s Death Penalty Lament

Poor Michael Smerconish. Pennsylvania still isn’t killing people as fast as he’d like. So the radio host/CNN talking head took to the most prominent op-ed […]


Why We Shouldn’t Kill Hubert Michael

In a popular referendum on election night, the State of California voted by a small margin to keep its death penalty intact; two days later, […]