Keller brings back Eric's Law

May 26, 2021
In The News

Rep. Fred Keller, R-Middleburg, and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Allentown, reintroduced Eric’s Law, a bill named in honor of slain USP Canaan correctional officer Eric Williams.

In 2013, Williams was murdered and stabbed more than 200 times by an inmate who was already serving a life sentence. A jury later found the inmate guilty of Williams’ murder, but because one out of 12 jurors voted against the death penalty, he faced no additional penalty for this heinous crime.

Eric’s Law aims to correct this miscarriage of justice by amending current law to allow federal prosecutors to impanel a second jury for the sentencing phase of a federal death penalty case in the event that the first jury fails to reach a unanimous decision.

 

Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, Rep. Ralph Norman, and Rep. Dan Crenshaw joined Keller in reintroducing Eric’s Law in

 

the 117th Congress.

On the reintroduction of Eric’s Law, Keller made the following statement:

“Officer Williams’ tragic killing and the aftermath reveal a glaring injustice for victims of violent crime. Officer Williams died protecting our community and we owe it to him and others like him to punish the violent criminals who commit these acts. In federal death penalty cases where the defendant is found guilty but not given a death sentence, Eric’s Law would affirm the option for review of the penalty phase, ensuring victims and their families have every opportunity to pursue the justice they deserve.”