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Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reinstate death penalty to curb violence

15 May 2018
Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reinstate death penalty to curb violence

"We then will impose the loss of life penalty in IL".

Republican Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, also released a statement in which he supported reinstating the death penalty for what he called "the most serious of violent crimes". "I was a few months from being executed, I would have been executed had George Ryan not pardoned", said Orange Rauner's plan came under fire from many sides.

Governor Bruce Rauner is asking the Illinois General Assembly to reinstate the death penalty as part of an Amendatory Veto to a House Bill on Gun Reform.

Governor Rauner's changes to HB 1468 create a new category of homicide called "death penalty murder". "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".

Gov. Rauner's proposal is part of an amendment to a public safety bill which would extend the 72-hour waiting period for delivery of all gun purchases in IL, ban bump stocks and trigger cranks, authorize restraining orders to disarm unsafe individuals, make judges and prosecutors more accountable by making them explain why charges are reduced in plea agreements in violent gun cases, and free up local revenue to hire resource officers and mental health workers to help intervene and prevent student violence before it occurs. "Individuals who commit mass murder, individuals who choose to murder a law enforcement officer, they deserve to have their life taken". Four other states have had moratoriums imposed by their governors during the same period, which has seen a nationwide decline in both death sentences and executions. "There is simply no good reason to bring it back, and doing so would run counter to conservative principles of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and the valuing life", said Heather Beaudoin, national coordinator of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. For Rauner's plan to become law, the Legislature must approve his changes. As opposed to "beyond a reasonable doubt", the proposal requires defendants to be found guilty "beyond any doubt".

The administration of Republican President Donald Trump has instructed federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty in drug-related cases whenever it is "appropriate", to counter America's epidemic of opioid abuse.

The amendatory veto also bans bump stocks and trigger cranks; authorizes restraining orders to disarm unsafe individuals; and requires judges and prosecutors explain why charges are reduced in plea agreements for violent offenders in gun cases.

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

"The death penalty should never be used as a political tool to advance one's agenda", Cullerton said in a statement. It would apply to people 18 and older who are charged with killing police officers or two or more people. Rauner spokeswoman Rachel Bold says the governor will veto the measure Tuesday, March 13, 2018, a week before the state's primary election in which the Republican faces a challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives. "Suggesting a return to this failed policy is particularly disappointing from a Governor who has proclaimed that the concept of redemption must be a critical part of criminal justice reforms". "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.