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Central PA prosecutors disagree with Gov. Wolf’s decision to impose moratorium on death penalty

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The governor’s decision to impose a moratorium on the Pennsylvania death penalty isn’t sitting well with some prosecutors in Central PA.

The imposing of a moratorium – which means nobody in the state can be executed – isn’t a surprise for the Cumberland and Dauphin County District Attorneys. But they are surprised the governor acted so quickly, even after they sent a letter asking to speak with him about this issue.

Cumberland County District Attorney, David Freed, had harsh words for Governor Tom Wolf.

“The way this system works is not that you get elected Governor and you get to decide which laws you like and which laws you don’t,” said Freed.

He doesn’t agree with Wolf’s imposing of a moratorium on the death penalty, and neither does Dauphin County District Attorney, Ed Marsico.

“It’s a hastily made decision after only 3 weeks in office,” said Marsico.

The two say the death penalty is reserved for the most heinous crimes. They say it’s a decision that shouldn’t be left up to the governor.

“When a jury imposes that sentence after the process that they do and after the appeals are heard, that sentence should be carried out,” said Marsico.

The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association thinks the governor made the wrong statement by saying the process doesn’t work.

“The process is working. Does it take awhile? Yes it does take awhile but that’s to ensure that it is done fairly and justly,” said the association’s president, Joe Kovel.

The Eric Frein case was at the forefront of Kovel’s mind in light of the governor’s announcement. Frein’s accused of shooting two of Kovel’s colleagues, killing one of them.

“Eric Frein should be put to death if that is what the jury decides,” said Kovel.

The governor plans to grant a reprieve in each case in which an execution for a death row inmate is scheduled. Prosecutors will push back.

“And we will fight this battle because we believe that we’re right,” said Freed.


  • a thought

    Surely there are cut and dried cases among these which should not be blocked, and if the governor has concerns, couldn’t he intervene in individual cases to put a stay on proceedings?

  • TOPDOG1`

    Overreach and over prosecution by prosecutors,(both state and federal) Mostly on drug laws is the number one problem within our justice system. Their methods have become so underhanded and unscrupulous that no justice or civil system nor person can long tolerate or withstand them. Their ability to compel and manipulate jury’s has completely removed justice from within the justice system.they should all be required and held to a much higher standard.At present, they are held, only, to very low standards,no more than any ambulance chaser yet are allowed to make decisions of national import.This allows villains and tyrants to flourish, all hiding behind legal status. Many use their office only to play politics. The protection of our Civil Rights are supposed to be protected by these louts.Instead they completely ignore their responsibility. Most should be tarred and feathered before being ran from town.At the very least, most should be brought before a board and dis-barred on ethical grounds for total disregard and subversion of our Civil Rights as well as incompetent irresponsibility.The Boards who are supposed to censer or control these villains need to be removed for inaction

  • OneMan'sOpinion

    This article is written entirely from a biased governor-bashing standpoint. Facts and quotes omitted. It is simply written to pander to emotional response. Thanks for your contribution.

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