Bill to Repeal the Illinois Death Penalty goes to Gov. Quinn to Sign!

Posted: January 12, 2011 by parchangelo in IDOC, Police Misconduct, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Terrible Wrongs - Other Cases, The Causes of Wrongful Convictions

If Quinn signs this bill into law, it will be one of the most historic pieces of legislation he signs. It is a step towards progress for the State and legislators to recognize that the Illinois Death Penalty has been a futile and expensive attempt to thwart murder. “…Illinois “ought to be embarrassed” by its track record of wrongful convictions…” It is now generally known that too many innocent people are wrongly convicted because of faulty eyewitness testimony, use of snitches, lack of DNA testing, prosecutor and police misconduct, and faulty forensic evidence. For too long, prosecutors have wrongly threatened individuals with the death penalty in order to extract questionable confessions and information. The death penalty is cited by those who under the illusion  that the loss of a loved one can be compensated for by the death of another, but studies show the death penalty fails to resolve such losses.

 

January 11, 2011

Illinois death penalty ban sent to Gov. Pat Quinn

By Todd Wilson and Ray Long at 11:05 a.m.; last updated at 3:16 p.m. with roll call links

SPRINGFIELD — A historic measure to abolish the death penalty in Illinois passed the state Senate today after nearly two hours of impassioned debate.

The ban on executions goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who must sign the legislation for it to become law. During last fall’s campaign, Quinn said he supports “capital punishment when applied carefully and fairly,” but also backs the 10-year-old moratorium on executions. (See Question 4 here.)

The Senate voted 32-25 to approve the ban, with two members voting present. The measure passed the House last week.

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  1. Bill to Repeal the Illinois Death Penalty goes to Gov. Quinn to ……

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

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