Terrance Williams is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, October 3. On September 17, the Board of Pardons voted 3-2 vote in favor of clemency, but a unanimous vote was needed. The Attorney General was among those who voted for clemency, so the Governor should seriously consider a reprieve in this case.
Meanwhile, the legislature has appointed the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment to evaluate the effectiveness of the death penalty in PA. The findings and recommendations of the research will be presented in December 2013. Why not allow them to finish their important work before ending another life? What harm would be done by waiting another year to hear the findings of this task force?
Mr. Williams accepts responsibility for his crimes. He should be punished and separated from mainstream society, but justice can be effectively served with life imprisonment. We have the means to protect the community, respect the human dignity of Mr. Williams and others like him, and at the same time accomplish justice.