City Police Chief, Prosecutor React To Poplawski Death Sentence

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A day after a jury sentenced Richard Poplawski to death, the city’s chief of police and the prosecutor who tried the case are reacting to the verdict.

“The justice system worked and we have faith and I have faith in the justice system and the outcome proves that the justice system is capable of working,” Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper.

Harper shares the reaction of most police officers who crowded both the main courtroom and overflow courtroom.

“There was no reasonable doubt,” a juror said. “There was nothing to question the way he laid things out for us.”

Jurors credited the painstaking work of prosecutors who organized nearly 50 witnesses and 500 pieces of evidence.

“We spent a good week over at police headquarters going through bins and bins of physical evidence, separating the wheat from the chaff,” Mark Tranquilli, the lead prosecutor, said.

But with all the trial preparation, the prosecutor also prepared the victims’ families for this reality. A death sentence does not mean death anytime soon, but death row is different than the life of other inmates.

“As a death row prisoner, he’s locked down 23 hours out of a 24 hour day,” Tranquilli said. “He’s in solitary confinement. He’s sort of like Hannibal Lecter from ‘Silence of the Lambs.’ He doesn’t get any human contact.”

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  • jojo

    Speaking of the Chief, where was he through all of this? He’s supposed to be a leader, but yet he was nowhere to be seen. Great job representing Chief! Asst Chief Donaldson was a much better person to represent the dept anyway.

  • UBthejudge

    Why put him in solatiry confindment, put him with the General population. Someone just might get a “Get Out Of Jail Card Free”.

  • Eyes Wide Open

    That’s true. Put him in Gen. Pop. and have an inmate put some ventilation holes in him with a sharpened tooth brush handle. It would save time and the quarter million it costs to have him strapped down and dosed with cyanide. Do you know that they swab their arms with alcohol before the put the needle in to kill them. Oh, give me the good old days when justice was served at the end of a rope or the recieving end of a firing squad.

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