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Pittsburgh shul asks for shooter who murdered 11 to be spared death penalty

Congregation which suffered eleven fatalities in white supremacist attack in 2018 makes plea for perpetrator to be spared because it is 'consistent with our religious values'

Flowers surround Stars of David as part of a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life Synagogue to the 11 people killed during worship services Saturday Oct. 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Flowers surround Stars of David as part of a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life Synagogue to the 11 people killed during worship services Saturday Oct. 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Don’t give the Pittsburgh synagogue gunman the death penalty.

That’s the request of one of the congregations based in the building targeted by the white supremacist who killed 11 worshippers in a 2018 attack.

The president of Congregation Dor Hadash, Bruce Herschlag, made the request of U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in a letter sent last week, the WESA radio station reported Friday. Garland is Jewish.

Justice in the ongoing trial of Robert Bowers, 49, should be achieved “in a manner that is both consistent with our religious values and that spares us from the painful ordeal of prolonged legal manoeuvring,” Herschlag wrote in the June 17 letter.

“The imposition of multiple life sentences would ensure that the perpetrator is never released. This is the outcome we desire.”

Bowers is on trial for the killings on Oct. 27, 2018 — the deadliest antisemitic attack on U.S. soil. Then-President Donald Trump said Bowers should get the death penalty.

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