Montco commissioner urges Pa. to seek death penalty for terrorists
In the wake of Monday’s horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line that killed at least three people and wounded more than 140, Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor Jr. is urging the state legislature to pass a law specifically permitting prosecutors to seek the death penalty for terrorists whose actions result in death.
“While several statutory measures – called aggravating factors – exist currently that would sometimes fit the circumstances of a murder or murders committed by acts of terrorism, nothing currently is in place which precisely addresses the issue,” Castor said in a statement.
Castor is calling on members of the Montgomery County delegation to the state General Assembly to pass legislation specifically providing for such a penalty.
He said he’ll begin by asking for sponsorship from legislators he formerly worked with in his capacity as district attorney.
“I hope that my colleagues in the District Attorney’s Association, former Attorney General – now Governor – Corbett and current Attorney General Kane will support this legislation and assist me and the legislature in drafting the necessary language,” Castor said.
“Acts of terror resulting in death should be directly eligible for our state’s most severe sanction.”