Pennsylvania governor says he won't sign execution orders, calls for repeal of the death penalty

Josh Shapiro speaks at his swearing in as Governor of Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) announced Thursday that he would not approve any execution warrants while in office and "called on the General Assembly to abolish the death penalty," NBC News writes.

"I will not issue any execution warrants during my term as governor. When an execution warrant comes to my desk, I will sign a reprieve each and every time," Shapiro said at a news conference in West Philadelphia, adding that he received his first execution warrant since taking office last week. The state, he added, "shouldn't be in the business of putting people to death."

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