Philadelphia DA sues Gov. Wolf
Over the Death Penalty Moratorium
District Attorney (DA) Seth Williams, who is flirting with a run for Senate, threw a fit over the recent Death Penalty Moratorium by filing a 25 page legal challenge on Wednesday February 18th.
Williams has taken umbrage to Gov. Wolf’s determination to issue reprieves and claims that “The governor’s supposed reprieve is flagrantly unconstitutional, and should be declared by this court to be null, void, and absolutely without legal effect.” A statement from Wolf’s office maintains the constitutionality of the moratorium claiming that Pennsylvania’s system of capital punishment is “ineffective, expensive, and many times unjust.”
The moratorium couldn’t have come at a better time for Terrence Williams, who was scheduled for execution on March 4th. Referred to by the nickname “Butter” in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 2012 commentary, Mumia explains that Williams, 18 years old at the time of his sentencing, had kept the secret of his sexual abuse quiet when he went to trial for the murder of his tormentors.