Terry Williams

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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


On December 21, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld Governor Tom Wolf’s temporary reprieve for death row prisoner Terry Williams.

The majority opinion in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Williams can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/1U0eQAO

Case Background

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 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.

Below are links to legal briefs, press materials, and historical documents supporting Governor Wolf's reprieve of Terry Williams:

LEGAL DOCUMENTS: 

STATEMENTS/PRESS RELEASES:

Historical Examples of Pennsylvania Governors Issuing Reprieves: