Illinois Likely To Terminate Death Penalty, Governor To Take Final Stand

January 12th, 2011 - 8:30 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
58737020Illinois, Jan 12, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Senate of Illinois opted for abolishing the death penalty in the state in a landmark poll on Tuesday. The vote was preceded by two hours of debate on criminal justice system and rights of crime victims. After the 32-25 vote given by the Senate the legislation goes to Governor Pat Quinn. He has been silent on the topic of abolition for some time. The main Senate sponsor of the bill Sen. Kwame Raoul described the event as a historic opportunity. If the Governor gives his nod then Illinois will become the third US state in previous 4 years to do away with death penalty. Sen. Kwame Raoul said in his speech, “We have to take ourselves back in history to what we were reading about Jerry Hobbs prior to us finding out that he didn’t do it”.

The detractors of the abolition of death penalty said that it does injustice to the families of the victims.They also think that the death penalty should be used as a means to thwart violent crimes that had been rocking areas like Chicago. An aide to the governor was present during the voting but his stance was not known. Spokeswoman Annie Thompson commented that the governor will review the bill when it reaches him from the legislature.

Earlier the governor said that he supports death penalty when it is applied fairly and carefully. Death penalty still exists in some states of the USA but the human rights activists are pressurizing the government and law to abolish the form of punishment for long. They argue that it does not put a end to crime.

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