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March 2011 , Page 12 

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By Jack King and Ivan Dominguez

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Illinois Abolishes Death Penalty

On March 9, 2011, in response to the governor’s signing of legislation that will eliminate the death penalty in Illinois for state crimes, NACDL President Jim E. Lavine issued the following statement of thanks to Gov. Patrick Quinn:

    On behalf of more than 10,000 members of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the 40,000 members of our affiliate organizations across the country and around the world, I want to personally thank and congratulate Gov. Patrick J. Quinn for his crucial and decisive action today.

    As our members who defend those accused of capital crimes know all too well, and the People of Illinois have recognized, the death penalty is brutal, costly, and carries the intolerable risk of execution of the innocent. Life imprisonment, by contrast, protects the public just as well, if not better than capital punishment, and is much less expensive. Life imprisonment also allows for the possibi

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