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Click here to read the statement from attorneys for Terry Williams in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-3 decision in favor of Mr. Williams in Williams v. Pennsylvania.

Click here to read the statement from attorneys for Terry Williams in response to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to uphold Governor Wolf's temporary reprieve for Mr. Williams.

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 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

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Select Editorial, Opinion and News Coverage

2015 - 2016

New York Times, Editorial, "Should a Judge Rule on His Own Case?," February 29, 2016

Scranton Times-Tribune, Editorial, "Review Recusal Rule," March 2, 2016

ACSBlog, Op-Ed, Bruce A. Green, "When the Prosecutor Becomes the Judge," February 25, 2016

ACSBlog, Op-Ed, Brianne J. Gorod, "One Supreme Court Case That Should Be Getting More Attention Than It Is," February 24, 2016

Bloomberg View, Column, Noah Feldman, "Sometimes a Judge Has to Step Aside," February 29, 2016

Harrisburg Patriot News, Column, John L. Micek, "A Supreme Screw-Up. Ex-Justice Castille Never Should Have Heard Death Penalty Case He Prosecuted," March 2, 2016

Harrisburg Patriot News, Op-Ed, Spero T. Lappas, "Will the U.S. Supreme Court Have to Clean Up a Mess That PA's Supreme Court Created?" February 22, 2016

Huffington Post, Op-Ed, Dorothy Samuels, "Ethics 101: The Same Person Cannot Serve as Prosecutor and Judge in the Same Cases. The Supreme Court Needs to Say So," February 25, 2016

Huffington Post, Op-Ed, Bennett L. Gershman, "A Perfect Storm: Judicial Bias, Prosecutorial Misconduct, and a Death Sentence," February 25, 2016

National Law Journal, Op-Ed, Daniel Suleiman, "The Justices Have a Chance to Send a Clear Message About the Right to Fair Trial," February 26, 2016

Philadelphia Inquirer, Op-Ed, Gil Garcetti, "Castille Erred in Reviewing Death-Penalty Case," February 23, 2016

Washington Times, Op-Ed, Gerald Kogan and Michael Wolff, "Being Fair and Neutral," February 11, 2016

Daily Kos, Josie Duffy, "Rape Victim, Murderer, Death Row Inmate: Terry Williams and the Corrupt Justice of Pennsylvania," December 30, 2015

The Legal Intelligencer, Lizzy McLellan, "Amici Critical of Castille in Case by Death-Row Inmate," December 9, 2015

Mother Jones, Marc Bookman, "When a Kid Kills His Longtime Abuser, Who's the Victim?," November 30, 2015

2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Editorial, "Judge's stay should end Williams' death sentence," October 2, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Editorial, "Time to call off Terrance Williams' execution," September 27, 2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Editorial, “A killer who says he was raped deserves clemency,” September 27, 2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Editorial "Abused to death? A killer who was molested should not be executed," September 23, 2012

Patriot News, Editorial "Fatal flaw: Pardons board needs to make change on death penalty cases," September 23, 2012

New York Times, Editorial "Pennsylvania Broken Machinery of Death," September 13, 2012​

New York Times Blog, Lincoln Caplan, "A flagrant conflict of interest," October 2, 2012

New York Times Blog, Lincoln Caplan, Opinion, “Williams v. Williams,” September 24, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Editorial "Execution isn't appropriate," September 12, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Editorial, "Justice Doesn’t Require Death," August 15, 2012

Patriot News, "Pennsylvania's big question: To kill or not to kill Terrance Williams," September 27, 2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jessica Michael, Letter to the Editor, “Terrance Williams had no chance for a normal life; don't kill him,” September 24, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist, "Brutal crimes, but the right sentence is life," September 23, 2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sally Kalson, Opinion, "Why must we go through this again? The death penalty deters no one, is morally dubious and costs a bundle," September 23, 2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ​Frank Cervone, Director of Support Center for Child Advocates, Op-Ed, "The weight of child abuse: Should a killer's horrific childhood matter in deciding his fate?" September 18, 2012

Patriot-News, Willliam DiMascio, Op-Ed, “Justice? Pennsylvania is set to execute its first prisoner since 1999," September 16, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Vicki Schieber, Op-Ed, "A victim's plea for mercy," September 14, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Sue Osthoff, Letter to the Editor, "Disrespecting victims of abuse," October 1, 2012

Philadelphia Daily News, William DiMascio, Letter to the Editor, "Justice isn't simple," September 17, 2012

Phildelphia Inquirer, Toorjo Ghose, Letter to the Editor, "Show Mercy," Sepember 15, 2012

Philadelphia Daily News, Stu Bykofsky, Op-Ed, "State has dirty hands in Terrance Williams case," October 1, 2012

Philadelphia Daily News, Robert Zaller, Op-Ed, "Mercy for Terry Williams, no more death penalty in Pa.," September 12, 2012

CNN, David Ariosto, "Pennsylvania high court upholds stay of execution for Terrance Williams," October 4, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "Terrance Williams misses his date with executioner," October 4, 2012

Stateline, Pew Center Blog, "Pa. Supreme Court Spares Man From Execution," October 4, 2012

CBS Philly, Tony Romeo, "With death penalty still in play, execution of Terrance Williams no longer imminent," October 3, 2012

New York Times, Jon Hurdle, "Pennsylvania justices back stay of murderer's execution," October 3, 2012

Associated Press, MaryClaire Dale, "Court spares Pa. inmate from Wednesday execution," October 3, 2012

WHYY Newsworks, Mary Wilson, "Williams spared from execution," October 3, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "Not tonight. Condemned killer spared execution," October 3, 2012

Patriot News, Donald Gilliland, "Terrance "Terry" Williams will not be executed today," October 3, 2012

Associated Press, MaryClaire Dale, "Pa. top court halts Wednesday execution for killer," October 3, 2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Karen Langley, "Pennsylvania Supreme Court stays Terrance Williams' execution," October 3, 2012

The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Execution," October 1, 2012

The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen, "In Pennsylvania, a Clemency Catch-22," September 19, 2012

The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen, "A plea for mercy for a murderer in Pennsylvania," September 15, 2012

The New York Times, Jon Hurdle, "Execution Halted for Killer Claiming Abuse by Victim," September 28, 2012

Associated Press, "Despite ties, PA chief justice stays on death case," October 2, 2012

Associated Press, MaryClaire Dale, "Death-row inmate seeks recusal of PA chief justice," October 1, 2012

NBC Philadelphia, MaryClaire Dale, "Judge Halts Execution of Terrance Williams," September 28, 2012

Patriot News, Donald Gilliland, "Judge in Terrance Williams case a "terrier" for the truth," September 28, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "D.A. appeals stay of Terrance Williams’ execution," September 29, 2012

Associated Press, MaryClaire Dale, "Philly DA wants to file new brief in death appeal," October 2, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "Castille refuses to recuse self in Williams decision," October 2, 2012

CBS Philly, Tony Romeo, "Attorneys for Phila. death row inmate says PA. Justice has conflict in case," October 2, 2012

Pittsburgh Tribune, "Execution's stay won't open 'floodgates' in Pennsylvania," September 30, 2012

Philadelphia Daily News, Mensah Dean, "Judge calls off execution of death-row inmate," September 30, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer Blog, Joe Slobodzian, "What next?," September 30, 2012

New York Daily News, Michael Walsh, "Philadelphia judge halts scheduled execution, cites evidence that victim in 1984 may have sexually abused convicted killer," September 29, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "D.A. appeals stay of Terrance Williams' execution," September 29, 2012

Huffington Post, John Rudolf, "Terry Williams, Facing Death for Killing Alleged Abuser, Granted Stay of Execution ," September 28, 2012

CNN, Shiela Steffan, "Pennsylvania judge grants stay in death penalty case," September 28, 2012

RIA Novosti, Maria Young, "U.S. Execution halted just days from death," September 28, 2012

Patriot News, "Philadelphia judge halts Terrance Williams' execution," September 28, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "Judge stays execution of Terrance Williams," September 28, 2012

CBS Philly, Tony Hanson, "Phila. Judge Overturns Death Sentence In Controversial 1984 Murder Case," September 28, 2012

WJACTV, "Judge Halts Execution of Inmate Terrance Williams in Centre Co.," September 28, 2012

International Business Times, Ashley Portero, "Pennsylvania Judge Halts Execution Of Death Row Inmate Terry Williams," September 28, 2012

Patriot News, Donald Gillliland, "Prosecutor in Terrance Williams case says, "It's going to be a very unpredictable few days." September 27, 2012

CBS Philly, Tony Romeo, "Clemency decision put on hold for prisoner scheduled to be executed next week," September 27, 2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Karen Langley, "Pennsylvania pardons board delays action on clemency for Terrance Williams," September 27, 2012

Associated Press, "No decision from Pa. pardons board on execution," September 27, 2012

Patriot News, Donald Gilliland, "Judge calls for more evidence in hearing to stay execution of Terrance "Terry" Williams," September 24, 2012

Patriot News, Donald Gilliland, "Complexity of Terrance Williams case has been revealed as lawyers try to prevent his execution," September 23, 2012​

Huffington Post, John Rudolf, "Terry Williams Death Penalty Case Rocked By New Evidence Days Before Planned Execution," September 24, 2012

CNN Video, "Did abuse lead to murder?" September 23, 2012

CNN, "Testimony wraps up in stay of execution hearing for convicted killer," September 24, 2012

Philadelphia City Paper, Daniel Denvir, "Philly DA, once lauded as progressive, denigrates bid to save Terry Williams' life," September 18, 2012

New York Times, Jon Hurdle, "A push for clemency as an execution nears," September 15, 2012

American Bar Association, Mark Hansen, "Man facing execution next week says prosecutors hid mitigating evidence at sentencing," September 27, 2012

Philadelphia Daily News, Mensah Dean, "Terrance Williams' lawyers make final stand," September 26, 2012

CBS Philly, Chris Papst, "Terrance Williams trial will determine whether he gets death penalty," September 26, 2012

WITF, Mary Wilson, "What happens next in the execution process for Terrance Williams," September 26, 2012

WJACTV, Bill Wadell, "First execution in 13 years expected at state prison in Centre County next week," September 26, 2012

CBS Philly, Jericka Duncan, "Days before Oct. 3rd execution date, judge considers new evidence in death row case," September 25, 2012

Patriot News, "Ruling on new evidence in Terrance Williams execution case due Friday," September 25, 2012

​Associated Press, Maryclaire Dale, "Pa. judge to mull new evidence in death row case," September 25, 2012 Press,

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "Judge in Williams bid for execution stay orders sides to make their cases," September 25, 2012

CBS Philly, Tony Hanson, Jericka Duncan, "Fight To Save Convicted Killer From Execution Continues In Philadelphia Courtroom," September 24, 2012

Associated Press, Maryclaire Dale, "Death row inmate gets support from ex-accomplice," September 24, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "Condemned man’s accomplice says he lied about robbery," September 24, 2012

Salon, Rania Khalek, "Terry Williams: A victim might be executed," September 22, 2012

The Patriot-News, Donald Gilliland, "Few options remain for Terrance Williams, who is to be executed Oct. 3," September 20, 2012

WHYY Newsworks, Emma Jacobs, "Prosecutor takes stand in Williams' final death penalty appeal," September 20, 2012

CNN, Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley, "Attorneys to ask Pennsylvania judge to call off killer's execution, citing sex abuse," September 19, 2012

WBUR, Radio Interview with Joseph Slobodzian, "Pennsylvania debates executing man who killed alleged abusers," September 19, 2012

America, Kevin Clarke, "Chaput calls for an end to capital punishment," September 19, 2012

RIA Novosti, Maria Young "Pending Execution Sparks New U.S. Death Penalty Debate," September 20, 2012

Harrisburg Post-Gazette, Karen Langley, "Death row inmate files to reconsider clemency bid," September 18, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "Lawyers for death row inmate assail prosecutor's facts," September 18, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "Killer loses bid for clemency," September 18, 2012

Democracy Now, "Pennsylvania Pardons Board Rejects Clemency for Sex Abuse Victim," September 18, 2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Karen Langley, "Death row inmate loses bid for clemency," September 18, 2012

AllGov, "Pennsylvania Set to Execute Prisoner who killed man who sexually abused him," September 18, 2012

New York Times, Jon Hurdle, "Pennsylvania: Board denies clemency," September 17, 2012

Associated Press, Peter Jackson, "Clemency bid rejected for condemned Pa. killer," September 17, 2012

WITF, Mary Wilson, "Clemency application denied for Terrance Williams, convicted murderer," September 17, 2012

NBC News, Vignesh Ramachandran, "Penn. board rejects clemency in murder case, execution still planned," September 17, 2012

WHYY Newsworks, Mary Wilson, "Condemned to die Oct. 3, Terrance Williams is denied clemency," September 17, 2012

ABC News, WHTM, "Pa. Pardons Board rejects killer's clemency plea," September 17, 2012

Philebrity Blog, "Readers Write: Clemency For Terrance Williams?" September 17, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "PA Pardons Board rejects clemency for Williams," September 17, 2012

NBC News, "Clemency hearing could stop Pennsylvania execution," September 17, 2012

WHYY Newsworks, "Board of Pardons to hear case of Philly prisoner sentenced to die Oct. 3," September 17, 2012

Associated Press, "Clemency hearing in Harrisburg set for condemned Pa. killer," September 17, 2012

The Huffington Post Blog, David Love, "What would be gained by the execution of Terry Williams?" September 17, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "Convicted killer will get a new hearing in effort to avoid execution," September 15, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "New hearing could halt Pa.'s first execution in 13 years," September 14, 2012

Philadelphia Daily News, Mensah Dean, "New evidence hearing scheduled for death row inmate," September 14, 2012

Democracy Now, Interview with Marc Bookman and Frank Cervone, "In controversial death row case, Pennsylvania prepares to execute man who killed his sexual abusers," September 14, 2012

Associated Press, Maryclaire Dale, "Pa. judge grants condemned killer new evidence hearing amid claims about police, prosecutor," September 14, 2012

The Financial, "EU calls for halting Pennsylvania man's execution," September 14, 2012

Huffington Post, "Terry Williams execution: Man who killed his sexual abuser scheduled to die next month," September 14, 2012

Agence France, "EU calls for halting Pennsylvania man's execution" September 13, 2012

Opposing Views Blog, Ashley Davis, "Terry Williams Sentenced to Execution for Killing Two Men Who Sexually Abused Him as a Child," September 13, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph Slobodzian, "Pa. legislative panel asks for moratorium on executions," September 13, 2012

Philadelphia Daily News, Editorial "Life, not death, for Terrance Williams," September 13, 2012

Philadelphia City Paper, Daniel Denvir, "Hostile Witness: Don't execute victim that killed his sexual abusers," September 13, 2012

The Nation, Liliana Segura, "Will Pennsylvania execute a man who killed his abusers?" September 12, 2012

Examiner Blog, Aja Beech, "Williams execution facing mounting scrutiny," September 12, 2012 

Express-Times, Lynn Olanoff, "Death penalty opponent lobbies for death row inmate at Lehigh University talk," September 12, 2012

Amnesty International Blog, Brian Evans, "Will Pennsylvania execute a victim of child sexual abuse?" September 12, 2012 

The Philly Post, Michael Coard, "Should Gov. Corbett Execute Raped Philly Teen?," September 12, 2012

United Press International, "Attorney seeks to overturn death sentence," September 11, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joe Slobodzian, "Philadelphia judge calls for more evidence in bid for execution stay," September 11, 2012

Philadelphia Tribune, Larry Miller, "Clemency hearing held to halt execution date," September 11, 2012

Associated Press, "Pa. judge wants more evidence before deciding on death row inmate's bid for stay of execution," September 10, 2012

Philadephia Inquirer, Joe Slobodzian, "Advocates plead for clemency from Corbett in looming execution of Terrance Williams," September 7, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer Blog, Joe Slobodzian, "Unprecedented support," September 7, 2012

International Business Times, Ashley Portero, "Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Victim Faces October Execution For Murdering Abuser," September 7, 2012

Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Steve Eder, "Pennsylvania death row inmate seeks clemency," September 7, 2012

Think Progress Blog, Nicole Flatow, "Pa. inmate faces execution for killing men experts say sexually abused him," September 7, 2012 

CBS News, Tony Romeo, "Lawyers seek clemency for Philadelphia man set to be executed next month," September 6, 2012

WHYY-NPR, Emma Jacobs, "Widow of murder victim seeks mercy for killer from Pa. governor," September 6, 2012

NBC News, Sevil Omer, "Widow asks Pennsylvania governor not to execute husband's killer," September 6, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph A. Slobodzian, "Stop Oct. 3 execution of killer, victim's widow says," September 6, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial, "Justice doesn't require death," August 15, 2012

Associated Press, MaryClaire Dale, “Pa. Death-Row Inmate Fights Slated Oct. Execution,” August 10, 2012 (Picked up by over 20 outlets, including San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, NECN, and The Republic) 

CBS Philly, Tony Romeo, “Execution Order Signed By Gov. Corbett In 1984 Philadelphia Robbery-Murder Case,” August 10, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph A. Slobodzian, “Execution Warrant Issued For Ex-Phila. Man,” August 9, 2012 (Picked up by CorrectionsOne and Wilkes-Barre Times Leader) 

Philadelphia City Paper, Samantha Melamed, “Corbett Signs Another Death Warrant, Though PA Hasn’t Executed Anyone Since ’99,” August 9, 2012
Press Releases

Statement from Attorneys for Terry Williams: SCOTUS Finds Former PA Supreme Court Judge Should Have Recused Himself in Death Penalty Case - Williams v. Pennsylvania, June 9, 2016

Press Release: Eight Amicus Briefs Filed in SCOTUS Judicial Bias Death Penalty Case – Williams v. PennsylvaniaDecember 8, 2015

Press Release of the American Bar Association: ABA Asks High Court to Order Review of Death Sentence, Citing Conflict of State Chief Justice, December 7, 2015

Press Release of The Constitution Project: Recusal Required in Pennsylvania Death Penalty Case, Judges Say, December 8, 2015

Press Release: Brief for Petitioner Filed in SCOTUS Judicial Bias Death Penalty Case – Williams v. Pennsylvania, December 1, 2015

Press Release: New Filing: PA Constitution Gives Governor Unilateral, Discretionary Executive Power Over Reprieves, June 17, 2015

Statement from Attorneys for Terry Williams in Response to Supreme Court Decision To Uphold Gov. Wolf's Temporary Reprieve, March 3, 2015

Press Release: New Filing by Attorneys for Terry Williams: Gov. Wolf has Legal Authority to Grant Reprieve in Case Where Philadelphia DA's Office Hid Evidence of Sexual Abuse for 28 Years, February 20, 2015

Statement from Attorneys for Terry Williams in Response to PA Supreme Court Affirming Stay of Execution, October 12, 2012

Statement from Attorneys for Terry Williams in Response to the Stay of Execution and Vacation of Death Sentence, September 28, 2012

Statement from Attorneys for Terry Williams Re: Board of Pardons Split Decision, September 17, 2012

Statement from Attorneys for Terry Williams Re: Grant for a New Evidentiary Hearing, September 14, 2012

Press Release: Political and Human Rights Organizations Join Unprecedented Outpouring of Support for Clemency, September 13, 2012

Press Release: Unprecedented Outpouring of Support in Clemency Petition Filed for Terry Williams, September 6, 2012