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Proud to be from Illinois: Land of Lincoln becomes 16th state to abolish capital punishment

Jonathan Simon, professor of law | March 11, 2011

Illinois has just became the 16th state to ban capital punishment: Governor Pat Quinn, a recently elected Democrat, signed into a law a bill abolishing capital punishment passed by the Illinois legislature several weeks ago (read John Schwartz and Emma Fitzsimmons reporting in the NYTimes here). Governor Quinn’s statement highlighted the “new abolitionism” themes that … Continue reading »