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Moratorium remains as Pa. Corrections secretary signs death notices

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 13, 2015 2:35 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's corrections secretary is scheduling two executions, but a death penalty moratorium imposed by the governor two months ago means it's not likely anyone will be put to death in the near future. 

Secretary John Wetzel has signed notices of execution that call for Albert Perez and Lance Arrington to be put to death on April 17.  

The announcement comes two months after Governor Tom Wolf announced the moratorium, saying he had concerns about the state's system of capital punishment.  

Wolf's moratorium produced a lawsuit from the Philadelphia district attorney, a case the Supreme Court will hear. 

State law requires the corrections secretary to issue the notices if the governor doesn't sign execution warrants during a specified period.

Wolf's spokesman says the governor will issue reprieves when executions are imminent.  

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