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Death warrant signed in Pennsylvania

Written by Craig Rhodes and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 14, 2015 9:35 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- An execution scheduled for next month will likely not take place, as a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania remains in effect. 

The execution of 46 year-old Antayne Robinson in connection with a 1996 murder, has been scheduled for December 18th. The death warrant was signed, not by Governor Tom Wolf, but by Corrections Secretary John Wetzel.

"The law specifically says that if it's not signed by the governor, I believe its within 30-days, then the Secretary of Corrections shall schedule it.  So that's in essence what I am signing is to schedule the execution," Wetzel said.

Governor Wolf has placed executions on hold until a commission studying the death penalty in Pennsylvania issues its findings. 

In the meantime, Wetzel says he will continue to follow the law and sign execution orders, leaving the rest to the Governor and the courts. 

 

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