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Papers, Pa. prisons settle dispute over executions

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 4, 2013 11:46 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The settlement of a lawsuit over Pennsylvania executions means witnesses will be able to see them from the moment the inmate enters the death chamber until the time he or she is pronounced dead.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg and the Department of Corrections reached the agreement.

The deal means prison officials won't be allowed to continue their practice of pulling a curtain over the window to block the witnesses' view of lethal injection. The sound can be cut off if the inmate makes threatening or malicious statements toward witnesses.

Pennsylvania has 188 men and three women on death row, but hasn't held an execution since 1999. Gary Heidnik was put to death that year for the murders of two women.

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