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Pennsylvania governor halts executions

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 01:00

Governor Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania saying it was a flawed system that is ''ineffective, unjust, and expensive.'' Linda So reports.

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Executions in Pennsylvania have been put on hold. The state's newly elected Democratic Governor Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the death penalty on Friday saying it's a flawed system that is "ineffective, unjust, and expensive." He says the ban will remain in effect until a report is released by a special task force studying the effectiveness of the death penalty. SOUNDBITE: PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR TOM WOLF, SAYING: "This is not anything but looking at this particular form of punishment, people who commit heinous crimes should be punished and punished severely, I just want to make sure that this particular form of punishment is appropriate." The governor's move was widely opposed by the those in the state's criminal justice system. SOUNDBITE: DAVID FREED, CUMBERLAND COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SAYING: "The way this system works is not that you get elected governor and you get to decide which laws you like and which laws you don't. The legislature makes the laws." Wolf immediately granted a reprieve to murderer Terrance Williams. He was scheduled to be executed on March 4th.

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Pennsylvania governor halts executions

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 01:00