With Gov. Pat Quinn’s Signature, the Death Penalty is Abolished in Illinoisby Stephen Littau
In a ceremony behind closed doors today Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill that will make Illinois the 16th state to abolish the death penalty.
“I have concluded that our system of imposing the death penalty is inherently flawed.” said Quinn in a statement issued after the signing.
“Since our experience has shown that there is no way to design a perfect death penalty system, free from the numerous flaws that can lead to wrongful convictions or discriminatory treatment, I have concluded that the proper course of action is to abolish it.” he said.
This is precisely the same reasoning that brought me to my anti-death penalty position. Can anyone really argue the system is “good enough” when it comes to the state’s legal ability to kill?