November 23, 2014 |
Gov. Corbett on Friday signed an execution warrant for the man convicted of killing Philadelphia Police Officer Lauretha Vaird in a 1996 bank robbery. Christopher Roney's execution date was set for Jan. 8 - almost exactly 19 years to the day since Vaird was shot while responding to a robbery at a PNC Bank in Feltonville. The death warrant is Corbett's 41st signed since he assumed office. The governor also signed warrants for two other men, according to a statement from his office.
July 19, 2013 |
GOV. CORBETT yesterday signed an execution warrant for Harve Lamar Johnson, convicted of brutally beating 2-year-old Darisabel Baez to death in York in 2008. The girl died April 7, 2008, the day after police were called to the West Philadelphia Street home she shared with her mother, Neida Baez and Johnson, who was Baez's live-in boyfriend. Johnson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in 2009 by a jury that determined Darisabel's beating amounted to torture.
November 24, 2011
Gov. Corbett has signed an execution warrant for Ralph "Hakim" Birdsong, a Philadelphia man convicted in 1989 of two murders and a rape. Corbett acted after the state Supreme Court in May rejected Birdsong's most recent appeal. However, Birdsong is now seeking a review of his conviction in federal court. Executions in Pennsylvania are rare - the last was in 1999. Birdsong, now 50, was angry over a fire in his girlfriend's apartment caused by people freebasing cocaine, and, carrying a .45-caliber revolver and shotgun, he opened fire in a West Oak Lane rowhouse on July 17, 1988.
September 5, 2009
Obey the law, or maybe not Due to the blatant disregard by so many drivers regarding motor-vehicle laws, the following street signs need modification: STOP, ONE WAY, WRONG WAY, NO U TURN, NO PASSING ZONE, YIELD, 4 WAY STOP, DO NOT ENTER, LEFT ON GREEN ARROW ONLY, NO TURN ON RED, REDUCED SPEED AHEAD, SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT, and NO RIGHT TURN ON RED. These signs should have the following words added: THIS IS ONLY A SUGGESTION....
December 2, 2004 |
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court halted the execution of George Banks yesterday, effectively voiding the third death warrant served against the man who murdered 13 people in 1982. One day before Banks was scheduled to die for the Wilkes-Barre killings, the court ordered a lower court to determine whether Banks, a 62-year-old former prison guard, is mentally competent. The amount of legal preparation required would make it impossible to hold such a hearing before the execution warrant, signed by Gov. Rendell in October, expires at midnight tonight, state officials said.
October 13, 1998 |
Someone yells "cups up!" at 6:30 a.m. and another long day starts on Pennsylvania's death row. Coffee, juice, breakfast, all meals go through waist-high slots on single-cell doors. Inmates don't go to the dining hall, don't have cellmates, don't have more than an hour or two a day outside these cells. They do, however, have time. Lots of it. For despite tough-talking politicians, all-Republican control of government and reported public support for capital punishment, Pennsylvania is not killing people on death row. Only two inmates have been put to death since 1962 - and both asked to die. No one has been executed since 1995.