A move to abolish the death penalty in Illinois failed by a single vote in the House today.
The vote came 10 years after then-Gov. George Ryan first placed a moratorium on the death penalty following revelations that several people sent to Death Row were later exonerated.
“We know today that this system is broken beyond repair. We must end it now,” said sponsoring Rep. Karen Yarbrough, D-Maywood. “We know to that this system is broken beyond repair. We must end it now.”
Opponents argued Chicago police officers are being targeted and killed by thugs, saying this is not the right time to eliminate capital punishment.
Republican Rep. Jim Sacia, a former FBI agent from Pecatonica, said threatening defendants with the death penalty often can make them talk to authorities to help solve crimes.
“Don’t take that tool from law enforcement,” Sacia said.
One vote away from a sane policy. Well at least police officers can keep on threatening thugs! I'm sure that will solve being targeted by said thugs in the future. Pew Pew!
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Update: Revote, and the House voted to abolish the death penalty. Keno!!!