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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Links: Two shoes yet to drop in Williams case

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Sep 26, 2012 9:16 AM

Thumbnail image for capital_dome_cropped.jpgTomorrow, the state Pardons Board will decide whether to reconsider an application for clemency for Terrance Williams, the convicted killer whose death by lethal injection is scheduled for Oct. 3. Meantime, a judge says she’ll rule by Friday on whether to halt the execution, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jerry Sandusky will hear from one victim at his sentencing in two weeks, reports the Patriot-News:

Victim 5, who testified during the June trial that Sandusky molested him in 2001 during a shared shower in Penn State's coach's locker room, will likely give a statement to the court during the part of the sentencing hearing where victims are allowed to give a statement about the impact of the crime, his attorney Tom Kline said.

Former state House Rep. Steve Stetler will serve one and a half to five years in jail for using state-paid staff to help his political campaign, the AP reports:

Stetler chaired the House Democrats' policy and campaign committees as part of a leadership team that also included Bill DeWeese and Mike Veon, who are currently serving state prison sentences for similar crimes. Stetler also served as revenue secretary to Gov. Ed Rendell, who testified as a character witness for him.

[The judge] said he believed Stetler was "not as culpable" as some of his co-defendants, noting that he did not initiate any of the illegal activities of which he was convicted, nor did he seek any personal or political gain. But he cited a witness' testimony as evidence that he "induced others" to do political work on state time.

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