On Wednesday Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation eliminating the death penalty as a form of judicial punishment. Many State Officials and Prosecutors disagree with the elimination of capital punishment as a legal penalty. I have read some prosecutors also claim it will weaken their plea-bargaining power when dealing with murderers. Personally, I applaud the legislation. As I stated early on in my blogging experiences: I think that the capital punishment option is a highly flawed process and in reality is nothing more than a form of legal revenge used to satiate possible angry lynch mobs. Most murders are crimes of passion and capital punishment does nothing to deter those types of crimes. I am staunchly against the death penalty – except in all but the most heinous crimes such as terrorist acts like the Oklahoma City bombing. My personal opinion is that we should instead make part of judicial punishment – to require the guilty individual to submit to extensive medical studies, so we can try and find out what makes these people tick. Perhaps then we could find a way to identify and limit the origin of similar evils.
- ‘The hardest decision I have ever made’: Illinois governor Pat Quinn finally abolishes death penalty (dailymail.co.uk)
- Illinois Gov. Quinn signs bill banning death penalty (reuters.com)
- The Death Penalty (worldofgrandpadon.wordpress.com)
- Illinois abolishes death penalty (guardian.co.uk)
- “Illinois Death Penalty Ban Signed by Governor” and related posts (blogs.findlaw.com)