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March 21, 2011

"State jobs cut due to end of death penalty"

The title of this post is the headline of this local piece out of Illinois.  Here are the details:

The state of Illinois' decision to eliminate the death penalty means about three dozen state employees will soon be out of work.  The Decatur Herald & Review reports that State Appellate Defender Michael Pelletier began notifying about 37 employees in his office on Friday that their jobs are being eliminated.

That's because Gov. Pat Quinn abolished the death penalty earlier this month and commuted the sentences of the 15 men on death row.  Most of the employees being cut are lawyers who handled death penalty cases.  The reduction will save about $4.7 million.

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Now that's GOT to please S. Claus

Posted by: peter | Mar 21, 2011 10:12:53 AM

I wouldnt be surprised if it actually pleases some of the lawyers who lost their jobs. The attorneys who handle death penalty appeals tend to be true believers who would make the trade of their jobs for abolition any day of the week.

I personally thank them for their service and wish them good fortune in future endeavors. at least in Illinois.... Your work here is done.

Posted by: KRG def attny | Mar 21, 2011 11:34:20 AM

KRG def attny --

"The attorneys who handle death penalty appeals tend to be true believers..."

You see there, we agree on something.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Mar 21, 2011 1:38:51 PM

There is a silver lining in every dark cloud.

Posted by: justice seeker | Mar 21, 2011 4:45:11 PM

Peter: The rent seeking theory predicted the outcome of Baze. The Supreme Court would not ban the death penalty. It would not make it easier. It would make the death penalty as procedure heavy as possible, to the advantage of only appellate practitioners, the friends of the Justices. I do not enjoy seeing people lose their jobs. I see the law as an essential utility product, and I would like to see it work better toward its own self-stated goals.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Mar 21, 2011 10:50:58 PM

I don't understand this descion of cutting jobs, in my opinion it does not make ANY SENSE!

Posted by: Jobs in delhi | Mar 22, 2011 3:36:01 PM

Thanks for your share,thanks a lot.Good luck!

Posted by: Big pony | Apr 11, 2011 7:59:07 AM

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