With debate over communion: Yet another reason for the Catholic church to lose members | Dick Polman
The church opposes the death penalty on principle, but has never sought to deny communion to Catholic politicians who support it.
Pa. Rep. Dwight Evans joins call for Biden to commute federal death sentences | Tuesday Morning Coffee
The Philadelphia Democrat is among the signatories of a letter urging President Joe Biden to take 'swift, decisive action,' to halt executions.
Five things the Legislature can do to make Pennsylvanians’ lives measurably better in 2021 | John L. Micek
This new time calls for a reset on everything. The dawning of a new year offers just such and opportunity. The 253 members of the General Assembly should not squander it.
As executions slowed during pandemic, death penalty opposition continued to grow | Wednesday Morning Coffee
More than two-thirds of states (34) have either repealed the death penalty or not carried out an execution in 10 years, according to a new report. That includes Pennsylvania.
More and more states are moving away from the death penalty. What’s Pa.’s excuse? | Thursday Morning Coffee
Racist. Biased. And broken. It's time to get rid of capital punishment entirely
More white Americans still support the death penalty. There’s an unpleasant reason for that| Friday Morning Coffee
Should all-white juries be permitted in death penalty cases involving black defendants?
Police widow Maureen Faulkner wants Philly DA Krasner off Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal
Attorneys alleged in a King's Bench Petition filed with the state Supreme Court that Krasner was tainted with conflicts of interest in the Abu-Jamal case.
A new state grant program will help poor defendants in capital punishment cases. Why aren’t reformers satisfied?
The only problem, according to criminal justice advocates? It’s not nearly enough money.
New Hampshire just abolished the death penalty. Step up, Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee
It's the ultimate in criminal justice reform.
Study: Republicans are abandoning the death penalty in record numbers | Friday Morning Coffee
And it's happening in red states too.
‘Innocence is real:’ A death row survivor makes the case for scrapping capital punishment in Pa. | Opinion
So far, capital punishment hasn't been part of Pennsylvania's conversation on criminal justice reform. But proposals in the state House and Senate are evidence that could change.
Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro: The Catholic church is ‘incapable of policing itself,’ as abuse scandal continues
A little more than two years into his first term, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has hardly been idle. The Montgomery County Democrat gained national — and international — attention last year with the bombshell release of a grand jury report detailing years of child sexual abuse, and a subsequent cover-up, by six of Pennsylvania’s […]