Pennsylvanias Supreme Court Takes A Pass On Reviewing The Death Penalty

09.30.19 | Terry Diener

The decision comes after the court heard arguments this month from critics who call the punishment cruel and arbitrary in the way it’s applied to poor and black defendants.

Statewide, just under half of the current death row inmates in Pennsylvania are black, compared with 11% of state residents.

The death penalty remains legal in 29 U.S. states, although four of those states, including Pennsylvania, have a moratorium on executions.