District Attorney John Morganelli is recognized as a leading and outspoken voice on behalf of the law enforcement community. His record as a prosecutor and his leadership on criminal justice issues has earned him national recognition.

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  Governor Wolf did not impose a “moratorium” on Pennsylvania’s death penalty. He has no such authority and he knows that. The Governor was properly advised by Judge Timothy K. Lewis, former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, that there exists no authority in the Office of Pennsylvania Governor to declare a moratorium or suspend the […]

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District Attorney John Morganelli

Welcome. John M. Morganelli, District Attorney of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, was the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania Attorney General in 2008. He is recognized as a leading and outspoken voice on behalf of crime victims and the law enforcement community.

DA Morganelli was elected District Attorney in 1991 at the age of 35. He was re-elected in 1995, 1999, 2003 , 2007 and 2011. He served as President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys’ Association 1999-2000. He has served as a Special Deputy Attorney General and as an advisor to the Governor on crime issues.

In 1993-94, DA Morganelli successfully prosecuted an unprecedented lawsuit against the governor to enforce Pennsylvania’s death penalty for those convicted of first degree murder.

DA Morganelli is also an experienced courtroom prosecutor who has personally and successfully  tried to verdict over 20  first degree murder cases including a conviction in a case in which the body of the victim was never located. He has argued first-degree murder cases in both the state and federal appellate courts.

DA Morganelli is often seen on national television. He has appeared on “60 Minutes”, ” The Nancy Grace Show, and has been a guest on  “The O’Reilly Factor”,  “The Lou Dobbs Show” , “Connie Chung Tonite”, and  “Donahue” . Cases that he prosecuted have been the subject of documentaries aired on A&E Network, “America’s Most Wanted,” and the Discovery Channel.  SterlingHouse Publishing of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania released his first book, “The D-day Bank Massacre:The True Story Behind the Martin Appel Case.”