Last Phila. Death Penalty Case Ends With Life Term

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On Tuesday, Philadelphia elected a district attorney who pledged to take the death penalty off the table. Two days later, prosecutors asked a jury to impose it one last time, on Robert Lark, 63, who has already spent more than three decades on death row for a 1979 murder of a restaurant owner. The jurors, who found Lark guilty of murder, sent a note to Judge Steven Geroff after an hour of deliberations: “We are at a deadlock. Nobody is . . .

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