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In Ryan's Words: "I Must Act"

In Ryan's Words: 'I Must Act'

Following is the prepared text of Illinois Gov. George Ryan's speech at Northwestern University College of Law before granting clemency to all inmates on the state's death row
(NYTimes.com, January 11, 2003)

Four years ago I was sworn in as the 39th Governor of Illinois. That was just four short years ago; that's when I was a firm believer in the American System of Justice and the death penalty. I believed that the ultimate penalty for the taking of a life was administrated in a just and fair manner.

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Illinois Death Row Inmates Granted Commutation by Governor George Ryan on January 12, 2003

Illinois Death Row Inmates Granted Commutation

(sentences were commuted to life in prison unless otherwise indicated)

1. ALLEN, KENNETH (B)
2. ALVINE, RONALD (W)
3. ARMSTRONG, DONALD (B)
4. ASHFORD, JAMES (B)
5. BALLARD, MARK (W)
6. BANKS, RANDY (B)
7. BARROW, RONALD (W)
8. BEAN, HAROLD (W)
9. BRISBON, HENRY (B)
10. BRITZ, DEWAYNE (W)
11. BROOKS, TERRENCE (B)
12. BROWN, ANTHONY (B)
13. BROWN, ANTON (B)
14. BURGESS, RAY (W)
15. BURT, RONALD (W)
16. BURTON, PETER (W)
17. BUSS, TIMOTHY (W)

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DPIC: Illinois Commission on Capital Punishment

The Death Penalty Information Center has assembled the following press materials and Web links to provide easy access to information regarding the work of the Illinois Commission on Capital Punishment, a blue-ribbon panel that has recently completed the nation's most comprehensive state review of the death penalty. The Commission's findings and recommendations will surely capture the attention of lawmakers and legal experts throughout the nation who are watching closely
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Flawed Trials Lead to Death Chamber

Flawed Trials Lead to Death Chamber CHICAGO TRIBUNE

June 11, 2000

Flawed Trials Lead to Death Chamber
Bush Confident in System Rife with Problem

By STEVE MILLS, KEN ARMSTRONG and DOUGLAS HOLT
Tribune Staff Writers

First of two parts.

AUSTIN, Texas — Under Gov. George W. Bush, Texas has executed dozens of Death Row inmates whose cases were compromised by unreliable evidence, disbarred or suspended defense attorneys, meager defense efforts during sentencing and dubious psychiatric testimony, a Chicago Tribune investigation has found.

Fixing the Death Penalty

Fixing the Death Penalty CHICAGO TRIBUNE December 29, 2000
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Fixing the Death Penalty

EDITORIAL

Nearly 1 year ago, Gov. George Ryan took a hard look at capital punishment in Illinois and was deeply unnerved by what he saw. His decision last January to declare an indefinite moratorium on the death penalty stands as one of the most courageous acts taken by an Illinois governor, in part because Ryan spent his political career ardently supporting capital punishment.

The moratorium followed a startling series of death row exonerations,

Repeal or Repair

Repeal or Repair WALL STREET JOURNAL

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Repeal or Repair

By SCOTT TUROW

Capital punishment has been one of the most notorious train wrecks of American politics. The Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional in 1972, but the resulting public furor led the court to reverse itself in 1976. Although polls continue to show majority support for capital punishment, opposition is fierce, especially from religious leaders and humanitarian organizations who denounce it as a moral affront.

Meanwhile, the operation of the capital punishment system

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Historic Illinois Hearings Address Innocence and the Death Penalty

Following a series of celebrated releases of innocent defendants from its death row, Illinois's House of Representatives held hearings to address the state's system of capital punishment on September 15 & 16, 1999. Among those who testified were Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking; Mike Farrell, actor and human rights activist; Renny Cushing, Director of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation; Bryan Stevenson, Director of Equal Justice Initiative; Professor Lawrence Marshall, Northwestern University School of Law; Richard

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