Illinois Governor Bans Death Penalty, Commutes Death Sentences of 15
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn "signed a historic ban on the death penalty in Illinois and commuted the sentences of 15 death row inmates to life without parole," The Chicago Tribune reports. Writes Quinn in his signing statement: "Since our experience has shown that there is no way to design a perfect death penalty system, free from the numerous flaws that can lead to wrongful convictions or discriminatory treatment, I have concluded that the proper course of action is to abolish it. With our broken system, we cannot ensure justice is achieved in every case."
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