Leaders Weigh in on Governor Rauner's Controversial Death Penalty

Leaders Weigh in on Governor Rauner's Controversial Death Penalty

Leaders Weigh in on Governor Rauner's Controversial Death Penalty

Death penalty opponents point to the 20 death row inmates who have been exonerated in the past three decades as proof of problem here in IL. "Or so many instances there are a number of witnesses and so they're fleeing the act and there's no query of who did it", Rauner stated of people that kill police, based on the Solar-Instances.

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".

As for the death penalty, Rauner says a jury would have to prove "beyond all doubt" that an alleged shooter is guilty before they could be sent to death row.

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The proposal to bring back the death penalty to IL was made as part of an amendatory veto of state legislation that would have implemented a 72-hour waiting period for assault weapons in IL.

"Individuals who commit mass murder, individuals who choose to murder a law enforcement officer, they deserve to have their life taken", Rauner, a Republican who took office in 2015 and is up for reelection this year, said at a news conference. "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.

Defendants would have to be found guilty beyond all doubt to be eligible for the death penalty.

Nebraska recently came close to abolishing the death penalty before reversing course. The proposal is part of a comprehensive public safety initiative. Rauner said the 72-hour rule, which already applies to handguns, should apply to all guns. The Governor proposed that and several other measures on Monday in an amendatory veto of gun legislation. It also would ban bump stocks, give courts the power to remove guns from people considered risky and extend the 72-hour waiting period to all gun purchases.

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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 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".

Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this month told reporters he was in talks with lawmakers about reinstating the death penalty for those who kill law enforcement officers in the state.

"This is a major policy change", said Koehler.

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