Leaders Weigh in on Governor Rauner's Controversial Death Penalty
Leaders Weigh in on Governor Rauner's Controversial Death Penalty
Rauner unveils plan on gun control and partial death penalty re-instatement
15 May, 2018, 11:32
But Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C., said IL is rife with examples of recanted eyewitness testimony and confessions beaten out of suspects by police.
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday proposed bringing back the death penalty for mass killers and people who gun down police officers, tying his plan to legislation that lengthens the waiting period for rifles and shotguns and adds other gun restrictions. Those restraining orders would require "clear and convincing evidence for 6-month prohibitions on possession", Rauner said Monday via Twitter.
"We want to raise the standard because we recognize legitimate concerns about the death penalty", Rauner said.
Politicians up for election hunt everywhere for voter support, so very few proposals cause us to do spit takes.
Rauner, an unpopular first-term governor facing a tough road to re-election in November, used his amendatory veto authority to add capital punishment and other provisions to the gun bill, including a ban on bump stocks, the rifle-firing speed accessory used in a mass shooting in Las Vegas previous year. "Individuals who commit mass murder, individuals who choose to murder a law enforcement officer, they deserve to have their life taken". The death penalty issue in IL was examined and debated for years in light of notorious incidents of wrongly convicted defendants sent to death row. He says he knows through experience that the death penalty isn't easy on either end of the spectrum.
Nebraska recently came close to abolishing the death penalty before reversing course. A court would need to find the defendant guilty "beyond all doubt", versus the standard determination of "beyond a reasonable doubt", he said. In his address Monday, the governor credited work by House Republicans on a public safety task force that included Brady, who indicated support for numerous governor's proposals. The death penalty provision is part of an amendatory veto of legislation that would have put a 72-hour waiting period for the purchase of assault weapons in place.
But even if someone was found guilty of Death Penalty Murder, imposing a death sentence would still be left to the discretion of a judge. They are an extended 72-hour waiting period for gun purchases, a ban on bumpstocks, the ability for law enforcement to disarm individuals they deem unsafe, after due process, and holding the courts accountable by making them explain why charges are reduced in plea agreements for violent offenders.
"The death penalty should never be used as a political tool to advance one's agenda", Cullerton said in a statement. The American Civil Liberties Union of IL urged state lawmakers to reject the governor's proposal in a statement released Monday, saying, "Seven years after IL ended the flawed, racially-biased death penalty in our state, Governor Bruce Rauner today used an amendatory veto to write this ineffective system back into law". It would apply to offenders 18 and over that prosecutors charge with killing peace officers or two or more people without lawful justification. "We are intent on avoiding wrongful convictions and the injustice of inconsistency".
"On its merits, the governor's proposal is a awful idea", she said.
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