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Brian Towne on death penalty

Posted by wlpo on January 30, 2011

A bill to abolish the death penalty has been sitting on the Governor’s desk for two weeks now. After the bill was passed to him, Governor Quinn said he would reflect on the measure and seek input before taking action. LaSalle County States Attorney Brian Towne favors keeping this ultimate in punishments because it can’t be determined just how many persons were deterred from committing a heinous crime because of the death penalty. Many opponents to capital punhishment are only worried about the cost. Towne is a vice-president of the Illinois States Attorney’s Association who has sent its message to the Governor. In the past, Governor Quinn has stated he believes, in principle, in the death penalty.

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