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Opinion | Time to execute the death penalty

 A California prison lethal injection room.

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor

June 4, 2019

The United States is one of the few developed countries in which the death penalty is still legal in certain places, despite it being an inhumane and outdated form of punishment. The practice is also expensive, irreversible and ineffective when it comes to curbing criminal offenses.

DA to seek death penalty in Pitt student’s homicide

The Allegheny County District Attorney will seek the death penalty for Matthew Darby. (Photo via Pittsburgh Police)

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2018

The Allegheny County district attorney's office will seek the death penalty for Matthew Darby, a 21-year-old man accused of killing Pitt student Alina Sheykhet. Sheykhet was found dead in her home in Oakland Oct. 8, 2017. Darby — her ex-boyfriend — has been charged with homicide, flight, burglary, theft, ...

Editorial: PA moratorium doesn’t solve costly death penalty problem

Gov. Tom Wolf speaks in July 2015 at Bellefonte Area High School. Wolf placed a moratorium on the death penalty in 2015. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 31, 2017

Execution proceedings happen in the state of Pennsylvania five times each year — yet the state hasn’t executed an inmate since 1999. Mock executions are routinely performed to ensure that in the event of an execution, the prison guards and doctors would be prepared. But right now the state isn’t ...

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