Governor Rauner proposes death penalty reinstatement

Governor Rauner proposes death penalty reinstatement

Rauner on Monday alluded to the concerns his predecessors had regarding innocent people being sentenced to death at trial.

The Illinois House could vote as early as this week, if passed, it will then goes to the Illinois Senate for a vote.

In a release from the Governor's Office, Rauner says he wants the death penalty re-instated for,"mass murderers and anyone who kills a law enforcement agent".

"Few crimes are more heinous than purposeful killings of children and peacekeepers", Rauner said. "Individuals who commit mass murder, individuals who choose to murder a law enforcement officer, they deserve to have their life taken". The transfer got here after former Republican Gov. George Ryan established a moratorium on the loss of life penalty in 2000. 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.

Almost seven years after former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn abolished the death penalty; Governor Bruce Rauner proposes to bring it back for some the state's most violent criminals.

The proposal is part of his amendatory veto plan for House Bill 1468, which he unveiled Monday and urges lawmakers to extend the 72-hour waiting period for delivery of all gun purchases in IL, ban bump stocks and trigger cranks and authorize restraining orders to disarm unsafe individuals.

The Chicago Tribune reports that "the provision that would allow confiscation of guns from people who are deemed dangerous" would last 14 days initially.

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"The death penalty should never be used as a political tool to advance one's agenda", Cullerton said in a statement. "It's appalling again in the light of this state's wrongful conviction problem that this would be proposed", said Karen Daniel, director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions. If lawmakers do not act, the whole package will expire without becoming law. Lawmakers can turn Rauner's changes into law through a simple majority vote.

"These are repeat offenders that shouldn't have been out in the first place", said Sen.

But others like Northbrook Democratic State Rep. Jonathan Carroll had different opinions.

He further proposed a higher standard for determining guilt in a death penalty murder: Guilt beyond all doubt. "And they deserve to give up their life when they take the life of a police officer, our heroes, or they take the life of many people".

"It's an emotional issue for the victims of the crime and the family members of those who have been convicted whether that sentence should be the death penalty", said Sen.

IL banned its death penalty in 2011, but the state had halted executions long before that. "Any suggestion that it should be brought back without a full public discussion and full public hearings is incredibly reckless".

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