- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania prison officials are scheduling three executions but it’s likely they won’t go forward because the governor has put in place a capital punishment moratorium.

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel on Wednesday signed notices that put Maurice Patterson, Hector Morales and Herbert Blakeney on schedule to be executed over the coming two months.

But Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has already issued three reprieves for other death row inmates and says he’ll continue to issue them, at least until he gets an overdue legislative study on the death penalty.

There’s another execution barrier - the prison system doesn’t currently have the mixture of drugs required by law.

Wolf’s spokesman says he’ll continue to issue reprieves for any imminent executions. The state Supreme Court is reviewing Wolf’s policy.

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