On Saturday, the nascent Philadelphia Moratorium Campaign held a rally during which it launched an effort to convince District Attorney Seth Williams to end death-penalty prosecutions in the city.

The keynote speaker at the event, held at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, was Kirk Bloodsworth, the first U.S. death row prisoner exonerated by DNA evidence.

While a spokeswoman for Williams told NewsWorks that the office would continue to follow commonwealth law regarding capital-punishment prosecutions, campaign supporters said Saturday was just the start of their ongoing push for a moratorium.