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Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Gov. Rauner Proposes Reinstating Death Penalty

Gov. Rauner Proposes Reinstating Death Penalty

"Illinois studied its death penalty for over a decade and rightfully determined that it was broken beyond fix". IL had executed 12 people in the decades since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, but 13 people had been freed because of questions about their guilt.

"Obviously this is something that requires more review, but some of the things I see, is quite a comprehensive public safety plan", said Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington.

Bruce Rauner unveiled a new plan for guns and gun control as he used his amendatory veto power to propose a 72-hour waiting period before sales of all guns in IL and bringing back the death penalty for "cop killers and mass murderers".

Bruce Rauner on Monday called for reviving the death penalty in his state, which banned the practice in 2011 and has not carried out an execution in almost two decades.

If the death penalty returns to IL, as Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed Monday, it might not have much of an effect on the strategy of criminal defense attorneys. The Fraternal Order of Police, the police union, said they are very supportive of this new death penalty proposal and believe it will help keep officers safer.

Governor Rauner's Proposal also includes other public safety measures. "And there are many instances the place there's little doubt who's responsible and so they deserve to surrender their life after they take the lifetime of a police officer". He says he knows through experience that the death penalty isn't easy on either end of the spectrum. None, however, as controversial as the death penalty. Death penalty murder suspects would have to be convicted by juries "beyond all doubt" - not just 'beyond a reasonable doubt'.

"There are plenty of cases where there's no doubt who's guilty", Rauner said at his news conference.

The proposal was made as part of Rauner's response to a gun-control bill.

Extend the 72 hour waiting period for delivery of all gun purchases in the state. For Rauner's plan to become law, the Legislature must approve his changes.

IL senator Dave Koehler says he believes Rauner's announcement is a tactic used to kill the gun bill as a whole. But Rauner's bring-back-the-death-penalty cry comes close.

When asked why Rauner hadn't laid out his policy goals when lawmakers were crafting legislation earlier this year, Brady said, "Well, that's a better question for the governor".

Democrats pushed back. Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago said in a statement that "the death penalty should never be used as a political tool to advance one's agenda". "Doing so is in large part why we had so many problems and overturned convictions".

James B. Durkin, the Illinois House Republican leader, said in a statement, "Allowing a prosecutor the option to seek the death penalty in the most horrific and brutal of crimes should be the law of Illinois and sends a message that we support those who wear the badge".

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