Contrasting steps taken on death penalty in Pennsylvania

07.17.19 | Bob Price

Philadelphia's top prosecutor and the state district attorneys' association have taken opposing positions in a case that will determine if Pennsylvania's death penalty will remain in effect.

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner says his own review found the state's death penalty violates the state constitutional prohibition on cruel punishment and disproportionately applies to black defendants and the poor.

The Pennsylvania DA's Association also filed a brief with the state supreme court this week--arguing that the justices should respect the legislature's role in establishing state law and keep the system in place.

The commonwealth currently has 140 men on death row, although Governor Wolf imposed a moratorium against carrying out any death sentences shortly after taking office in 2015.