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The Day After: Death Penalty Opponents, Advocates Weigh in on Repeal

Chicagoist - The media has had time to analyze Gov. Quinn's signing of the death penalty repeal into law yesterday. Both the Tribune and the Sun-Times gave Quinn his propers for doing what they said was the right thing.The Tribune also writes that, despite Quinn's contention that signing the repeal was the "moral" thing to do, it was the question of accuracy that led to the ban.

Local states attorneys condemned Quinn's decision, holding fast to the claim that the most violent criminals will now feel free to act with impunity, despite little proof of capital punishment as a deterrent to such actions. Other prosecutors said repealing the death penalty takes away a bargaining tool they can dangle in plea bargain agreements.

Families of victims also weren't pleased with the signing. Thomas Nicarico, whose daughter Jeanine's 1983 murder and the subsequent wrongful prosecution of three men for it stood as a reason for death penalty opponents to fight for the ban, wasn't pleased with Quinn's decision. Read more.


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