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January 17, 2011

"Illinois death penalty decision leaves uncertainty"

The title of this post is the headline of this effective piece from the Chicago Tribune article providing the latest update concerning the limbo state of the death penalty in Illinois.  Here is how the piece starts:

Ten years after Illinois halted executions, the uncertainty over Gov. Pat Quinn's pending decision on whether to end capital punishment for good raises a number of questions about the state's current death penalty cases and the 15 men on death row.

A bill recently passed by the state House and Senate would abolish the death penalty as of July 1, but there are no guarantees the governor will sign it.  Quinn supports the death penalty but has also kept in place the moratorium on capital punishment instituted by a predecessor, former Gov. George Ryan, after the death sentences of 13 men were overturned and Ryan concluded the state's death penalty system wasn't working.

Quinn's decision could come any time after the law is certified by the General Assembly, and he's being lobbied hard by death penalty opponents, prosecutors and victim's rights groups.  The situation has created a period of uncertainty for prosecutors and defense attorneys with pending death penalty cases, as well as those on death row.

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Death penalty is a waste of time, a waste of money and a waste of lives.

Posted by: claudio giusti, italia | Jan 17, 2011 1:49:54 PM

Ma va in zo ti!

Posted by: alpino | Jan 17, 2011 2:56:23 PM

ma va ben a cagher a marena !

Posted by: claudio giusti, italia | Jan 17, 2011 3:45:54 PM

Ma va a cagar in un campo dei cazzi!

Posted by: alpino | Jan 18, 2011 3:04:42 PM

complimenti per l'intelligenza fin qui mostrata, abbia il coraggio delle sue azioni e usi il suo vero nome.

Posted by: claudio giusti, italia | Jan 20, 2011 12:00:32 PM

I think you are right when you say this. Hats off man, what a superlative knowledge you have on this subject…hope to see more work of yours.

Posted by: Health Blog | Jan 26, 2011 8:13:45 AM

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