death penalty

Morning News Round-up
9:21 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Morning Headlines: Sen. Blunt on Wagner and the RNC, Put Illinois to Work, Paying for Gov. Nixon's flights, Durbin on the death penalty

U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo) in St. Louis on July 13, 2010. Blunt shared his remarks on the failed bid for Mo. Republican Ann Wagner to take the top job in their party, Chair of the Republican National Committee, last week. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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Christopher Coleman
11:57 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Judge refuses request to delay Coleman trial

Christopher Coleman, the man who alledgedy murdered wife Sheri and sons Gavin and Garett in Columbia, Ill. Coleman requested a delay in his trial, which a judge refused today. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In an update to a story we told you about earlier today, a judge has refused the request of Christopher Coleman's defense to delay Coleman's trial.

Coleman, accused of strangling his wife and their two sons in 2009, is scheduled to go to trial next month.

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Other News
5:01 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Nixon still supports death penalty

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
St. Louis Public Radio

Speaking in St. Louis on Thursday Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would not elaborate on the reasons why he commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer Richard Clay.

Clay was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder-for-hire of Randy Martindale.

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Illinois Lame-Duck Session
1:40 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Quinn comments on Ill. tax increase, death penalty

The Illinois General Assembly has passed several major bills in the last few days of its lame-duck session.

Two of the bills, one on an income tax increase and the other on abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, were the focus of a press conference held today by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Here are some highlights of Quinn's comments:

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Illinois Death Penalty
3:06 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Illinois Senate votes to abolish death penalty, bill goes next to Gov. Quinn

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. (via Flickr/jglazer75)
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

UPDATE 3:03 p.m. Jan. 11, 2011:

The Associated Press is reporting that the Illinois Senate has voted to abolish the death penalty in that state.

The Chicago Tribune also reports the following:

The ban on executions goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who must sign the legislation for it to become law. During last fall's campaign, Quinn said he supports "capital punishment when applied carefully and fairly," but also backs the 10-year-old moratorium on executions.

The Senate voted 32-25 to approve the ban, with two members voting present.

 

UPDATE 1:13 p.m. Jan. 11, 2011:

The Illinois Senate is debating the death penalty bill this afternoon on the floor. You can listen or watch the debate live here.

Earlier Story:

Illinois has moved one step closer to a vote on abolishing the death penalty in the state.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee voted this morning to advance a bill to repeal the death penalty, setting up a probable full Senate vote later today.

The bill passed in the House last week in a quick re-vote when the first vote failed the bill, 59-58.

The Chicago Tribune also has more information on the history of the death penalty in the state, via legislation and key cases in their story today.

 

Illinois Death Penalty
6:20 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

UPDATE: Ill. House re-votes, passes bill to repeal death penalty, goes to Senate

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. In this building today, the Illinois House of Representatives voted on a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state. (via Flickr/jglazer75)
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

UPDATE Jan. 6, 2011 6:47 p.m. :   Via the Associated Press, The Illinois House, reversing an earlier tally, has voted 60-54 to repeal the death penalty. The bill now goes to the Illinois Senate.

A decades-long effort to abolish the death penalty in Illinois has fallen one vote shy of House approval.

House members voted 59-58 Thursday on abolition. The bill needed 60 votes for approval.

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