Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wolf: If Convicted, Bowers Should Get Maximum Penalty

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wolf: If Convicted, Bowers Should Get Maximum Penalty

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Gov. Tom Wolf has declared a moratorium on signing death warrants, but he said in an interview with KDKA radio on Tuesday that he would agree with whatever punishment accused synagogue gunman Robert Bowers receives if he is convicted.

"When it comes to the murder here, this anti-Semitic violence was a heinous crime and Bowers deserves swift justice. He is being and is indicted by the use of federal statute and he should get the harshest penalty under the law," the governor told KDKA's John Shumway and Larry Richert.

In 2015, Mr. Wolf issued a moratorium on executions pending the publication of the General Assembly's joint state committee report on capital punishment. The report was published in June.

The report found majority support for the death penalty in Pennsylvania, but problems with its administration, including inadequacy of counsel and disproportionate numbers of people with mental illnesses on death row. …

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