September 12, 2014

The following can be attributed to Reggie Shuford, Executive Director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania:

"The ACLU applauds today’s decision by Governor Corbett to grant a temporary reprieve of execution to Hubert L. Michael, Jr. There is more reason today than ever before for restraint, given the string of botched executions in recent months, the growing evidence of racial bias, the reality that many capital defendants do not have effective counsel, and the fact that a specially appointed commission of the Pennsylvania legislature is currently studying our state’s death penalty. Pennsylvania has not carried out an involuntary execution since 1962, and there is no reason to start again in the face of so much evidence that the process violates our most fundamental notions of fairness."