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David Harris on Changes to Pennsylvania's Death Penalty Law

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November 1, 2011

Professor David Harris commented on proposed changes to Pennsylvania's death penalty statute that would bring it in line with U.S. Supreme Court law on the execution of the mentally disabled.  The Supreme Court created new law on the subject some years back, but Pennsylvania has yet to update its law.  Professor Harris said that "[a] s long as the state is not imposing the death penalty on anyone that might qualify as mentally disabled, [the lack of guidelines] isn’t a problem. But as soon as they get close to doing something like that, it becomes a problem.”


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