Gov. Pat Quinn says he will act this week on a bill that would abolish executions in Illinois.
Quinn said Monday that he's "going to act" this week, but not Tuesday. He said there's still information he wants to read and research he wants to do before acting on the legislation.
The legislation reaches Quinn after former Gov. George Ryan dramatically cleared the state's death row in 2000.
UPDATE 2:08 p.m. Feb. 8, 2011:
The Missouri Supreme Court is refusing to halt the execution of Martin Link.
The court announced the decision without comment on Tuesday.
Link's attorney, Jennifer Herndon, says two appeals (mentioned in our original story below) are still pending before the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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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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