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This bill was pushed through in the wee hours of the morning on the last day of the departing congress. :down:


http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news...eath-penalty-to-affect-will-county-cases.html

However, two pending cases had been certified for the death penalty, said Charles Pelkie, a spokesman for Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow.

Prior to Quinn’s action, Christopher Vaughn and Richard Conner both faced the death penalty in their upcoming trials.

Vaughn is accused of killing his wife and three children in 2007 in Channahon Township. The Oswego family was on its way to a Springfield water park when their SUV pulled over onto an Interstate 55 frontage road. Vaughn said his wife had shot him in the leg, so he got out of the car and walked away from it. Then she killed the children and committed suicide, he said.

Conner, a convicted murderer who was serving a life sentence, has been charged with killing Jameson Leezer in 2009 while the two shared a cell at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.
 

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It says in the article that after 2000 they found 6 inmates on death row were innocent, They were about to kill 6 innocent people?

People who murder people are insane, if there is no chance of the prisoner getting out and killing again then why should we go out and spend several times more money to needlessly put the mentally ill people to death along with the occasional innocent person to death?

People talk about saving money and fighting government oppression should give this some consideration.
 

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It says in the article that after 2000 they found 6 inmates on death row were innocent, They were about to kill 6 innocent people?

People who murder people are insane, if there is no chance of the prisoner getting out and killing again then why should we go out and spend several times more money to needlessly put the mentally ill people to death along with the occasional innocent person to death?

People talk about saving money and fighting government oppression should give this some consideration.
Why not 20 years instead of life? save the government even more money:huh:

Since they are only mentally ill why not a mental hospital instead of prison we should try to cure them instead of letting them rot.:huh:
 

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It says in the article that after 2000 they found 6 inmates on death row were innocent, They were about to kill 6 innocent people?

People who murder people are insane, if there is no chance of the prisoner getting out and killing again then why should we go out and spend several times more money to needlessly put the mentally ill people to death along with the occasional innocent person to death?

People talk about saving money and fighting government oppression should give this some consideration.
Since 2000, IL has had a moratorium on the death penalty. No one was put to death. The purpose of the moratorium was to investigate an fix the process of conviction. Instead of following the intent of the moratorium, the Lame Duck created and passed this law in the wee hours of the morning on their last day in office. It only passed by a slim vote because of the Lame Duck libs on their way out. This was not the will of the people.

As for "spending several times more money to needlessly put the mentally ill to death"...how do you get that idea? The same appeals process will still be maintained at the same cost as before. Now instead of a quick painless injection, they will be kept in cells for the remainder of their life at the cost to the taxpayer. It's less expensive to put them to death.

Fix the process, don't eliminate the solution. :thumbsup:
 

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Quinn did not have to immediately act on the 15 death row inmates, but chose to commute their sentences to life in prison.


One of them is Brian Dugan, sentenced to death for the 1983 rape and murder of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico, of Naperville. Dugan had been serving two life sentences for two other rape-murder cases, but his death sentence brought a major chapter of a long-running, controversial case to a close. Rolando Cruz and Alejandro Hernandez — two of three men originally charged with the girl's murder — served years on death row before they were cleared.


As Quinn campaigned for governor last fall, he held firm to the moratorium as a way to see how well the reforms are working. The governor also said he supported the death penalty for the worst crimes.

Quinn made his decision after an intense lobbying effort from those on both sides of the issue.


Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and other prosecutors urged Quinn to veto the ban and take a hard-line stance to keep the death penalty.


The governor also heard from anti-death-penalty luminaries including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sister Helen Prejean, a New Orleans nun whose time spent with a condemned inmate became the basis for the movie "Dead Man Walking."


Family members of murder victims also made emotional pleas. Among them was Cindy McNamara, whose daughter, Shannon, was murdered in 2001 while attending Eastern Illinois University.Shannon McNamara was asleep in her locked off-campus apartment when she was raped, strangled, beaten and stabbed. Her body was left in the living room. A washcloth was stuffed in her mouth.


Former EIU student Anthony Mertz was convicted, becoming the first person sent to death row after Ryan emptied it.

"We have the death penalty for a reason," Cindy McNamara wrote in a letter to Quinn. "This is the reason!"


http://deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com/2011/03/illinois-governor-pat-quinn-signs-death.html
 

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:partyon::partyon: Thats what I like to see.

The death penalty is too expensive to keep, among many other reasons to get rid of it....
 

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:partyon::partyon: Thats what I like to see.

The death penalty is too expensive to keep, among many other reasons to get rid of it....
Too expensive to keep? :laughing:

Please explain.
 

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Too expensive to keep? :laughing:

Please explain.
Room and Board on dead people is really expensive.

I'm actually surprised that Ill. Dems would remove an oppritunity to add to their voter rolls(dead peope, pets, etc.):huh:
 

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Room and Board on dead people is really expensive.

I'm actually surprised that Ill. Dems would remove an oppritunity to add to their voter rolls(dead peope, pets, etc.):huh:
Exactly! :laughing:
 
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