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February 17, 2011

Illinois Attorney General urging Gov Quinn to veto death penalty repeal

I just learned from this report that Illinois' "Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan [is] urging Gov. Pat Quinn not to sign a bill on his desk to abolish the death penalty." Here is the start of the letter AG Madigan sent to Gov Quinn last month:

I am writing in response to the request from your office for my views on Senate BiII 3539. I continue to believe that the death penalty is an appropriate and just punishment when a defendant commits multiple murders or murders a victim in a particularly heinous manner or circumstances.

My work as Attorney General for the past eight years has only served to strengthen that view.  Our office provides trial assistance to State's Attorneys throughout the state to prosecute murder cases.  We have co-prosecuted three of the defendants who are currently sentenced to death, and we are now part of the prosecution teams in two multiple murder cases.  Each of these brutal murder cases demonstrates circumstances in which it is appropriate to ask a judge or jury to consider and carefully weigh a sentence of death.

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