Hundreds of Pennsylvanians rallied in Harrisburg on Saturday 11 October, calling for an
end to executions in the state. The rally, part of Amnesty International's
global day against the death penalty, was co-sponsored by the American
Civil Liberties Union, A United Method Witness in Pennsylvania, the
Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Council of Churches,
the Civil Rights Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and R.E.M.
Since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1972, six people in
Pennsylvania alone have later been found to be innocent due to
incontrovertible evidence. In the entire country: 109.
"It's no longer a question of whether you are for the death penalty or
against it," said former Attorney General Ernie Preate. "It's whether you
are for or against justice, for or against fairness."
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