A Case for Clemency
Click here to read the press release of June 17, 2015 about how Governor Wolf's temporary reprieve for Terry Williams is entirely consistent with Pennsylvania governors' use of the reprieve power for the last 300 years.
Click here to read a statement from Terry Williams attorneys on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to uphold Governor Wolf's temporary reprieve for Mr. Williams. Click here to see long-hidden evidence that prosecutors knew Amos Norwood had a history of sexually molesting kids. Click here to see the people who have stated their support for clemency for Terry, including the victim's widow, jurors from Terry's trial, members of the community, and political and human rights organizations.
Terry at age 17.
Source: Germantown High School
Current photo of Terry.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
CASE UPDATE: On February 13, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf exercised his temporary reprieve power to stop the Commonwealth from carrying out the execution of Terry Williams in order to allow for the completion of the bipartisan Senate study committee’s report on Pennsylvania’s capital punishment system. The Philadelphia District Attorney, Seth Williams, filed a legal challenge against the Governor for issuing the reprieve.
On June 17, 2015, attorneys representing Terry Williams filed their brief in support of Governor Wolf's temporary reprieve, filed with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court noting that the reprieve is constitutional and entirely consistent with Pennsylvania governors' use of the reprieve power for 300 years.
Click Reprieve Documents to access the latest legal brief, historical documents, and other materials supporting the Governor's reprieve.
Terry Williams - A Case for Clemency
Terrance Williams, known to his friends and family as "Terry," suffered from years of horrific sexual abuse. Mr. Williams' tragic history of sexual abuse by older males, which began when he was only six years old, led to the crime for which he was sentenced to die. For over 25 years, prosecutors with the Philadelphia District Attorney's office hid the truth about the crime in Terry's capital case, that the victim had repeatedly sexually abused Terry during his youth. Terry's case has been the subject of an unprecedented outpouring of support from prominent groups and individuals across Pennsylvania. Among those who have publicly called for Terry's death sentence to be commuted are the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, nearly 20 other state coalitions against sexual violence, over three dozen child advocates, several human rights organizations, and dozens of former prosecutors and judges, law professors, mental health professionals, and faith leaders.
Pennsylvania should not execute Terry Williams because:
- Terry was only 18 years old at the time of the crime for which he was sentenced to death and the jury did not know about his history of childhood sexual abuse and the psychological impact on someone as young as Terry;
- Jurors have stated that they would not have voted for death if they had known about his sexual abuse and ineligibility of parole; and