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Quinn Abolishes Death Penalty

Posted by wlpo on March 9, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn has abolished the state’s death penalty.

Quinn signed the law today abandoning capital punishment, two months after lawmakers voted to do the same and more than a decade after former Gov. George Ryan imposed a moratorium because of concern that innocent people could be put to death.

Illinois now joins 15 other states that have done away with the death penalty. The new law takes effect July 1.

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