July 03, 2018

ABA sends letter to Pennsylvania senate leaders supporting capital punishment report

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2018 — The American Bar Association sent a letter to the leaders of the Pennsylvania state senate commending the recent report by the Task Force and Advisory Committee of the Joint State Government Commission on Capital Punishment in Pennsylvania. The ABA appreciates the commission’s extensive efforts to research a broad spectrum of topics related to the state’s capital punishment system.

The report unfortunately confirms that the issues identified by the ABA in its 2007 Pennsylvania Death Penalty Assessment Report have persisted over the past 11 years. Those issues jeopardize the fair administration of justice in capital cases in Pennsylvania. The ABA strongly urges the commonwealth to implement the recommendations made by the most recent report and, consistent with the 2007 ABA assessment, to maintain the moratorium on executions until these due process protections are in place.

Read the full letter here.

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