“The families of the victims are victimized again and again, this time by the failure of the criminal justice system to carry out the law. If there is to be no death penalty law in Pennsylvania, such decision should come from the legislative body.”
Justice Correale F. Stevens
Pa. Supreme Court upholds Gov. Wolf’s death penalty moratorium
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday upheld Gov. Tom Wolf’s constitutional authority to grant temporary reprieves to inmates on death row.
Condemned police ambush killer back in court for sentence
- By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press
- Apr 27, 2017 Updated 19 hrs ago
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A gunman condemned to die for a 2014 sniper attack that killed a Pennsylvania trooper and injured a second arrived at the courthouse Thursday for his formal sentencing, one of his last stops before heading to the state’s crowded death row. Continue reading
Kayla and her lifelong friend Nisa Mickens, 15, were walking on a street near their homes when men with baseball bats and a machete jumped out and attacked them.
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Late at night, when helicopters thrum overhead and spotlights beam down onto lawns, many people here know exactly what’s going on.
“You just think, ‘Oh, God, whose child is it now?'” said Stephanie Spezia, a longtime resident of this suburb in the heart of Long Island that is caught in the grip of a violent street gang with Central American ties, MS-13.
MS-13 has been blamed for a trail of 11 corpses of mostly young people discovered in woods and vacant lots in Brentwood and neighboring Central Islip since the start of the school year. Continue reading