The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty does not violate his constitutional authority.
“I am pleased the court upheld the constitutional authority of the governor to issue temporary reprieves in death penalty cases,” Gov. Wolf responded. “My decision to issue temporary reprieves came after significant consideration and reflection, and was in no way an expression of sympathy for the guilty on death row. My only sympathy lies with the family members of the victims of these horrible crimes.”
The Governor intends to continue postponing executions until he receives a report from a legislative commission tasked with studying the death penalty.
As Marc Levy of the Morning Call reports, Pennsylvania hasn’t executed an inmate since 1999.