PA Gov Won’t Sign Execution Warrants, Wants Death Penalty Abolished

  • Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) announced on Thursday that he will not sign any execution warrants as governor and called for the state legislature to abolish the death penalty.
  • “When an execution warrant comes to my desk, I will sign a reprieve each and every time,” he said at an event in Philadelphia.
  • His announcement follows the precedent set by former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who issued a moratorium on executions during his first year in office in 2015. Wolf similarly granted reprieves to death row prisoners at risk of execution.
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