Crime Rauner proposes reinstating Illinois death penalty in cases of mass killings, police slayings

23:31  14 may  2018
23:31  14 may  2018 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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Capital: Springfield Population: 12,830,632 Governor: Bruce Rauner Legislative Information: Senate House of representatives. Porter's case is credited with reigniting public debate on the death penalty in Illinois , eventually leading to a moratorium followed by abolition.

Bruce Rauner proposed Monday reestablishing the death penalty in Illinois for certain violent criminals. Bruce Rauner , a Republican, has proposed bringing back the death penalty in his state for mass murderers and those who kill police officers.

Bruce Rauner wearing a suit and tie © Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday proposed reinstating the death penalty in Illinois for mass killers and people who slay law enforcement officers as part of his rewrite of a gun control bill.

The death penalty provision would create a new category of homicide called "death penalty murder," which could apply to adults who kill police officers or more than one person. Guilt must be determined "beyond all doubt," rather than the standard "reasonable doubt" requirement, according to the governor's office. Rauner said at a Chicago news conference Monday that people in those cases "deserve to have their life taken."

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Death penalty cases are complicated by issues of socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity Murder, capital punishment and deterrence: A review of the evidence and an examination of police killings . Decker, S. H. & Kohfeld, C. W. (1984). A deterrence study of the death penalty in Illinois , 1933-1980.

They talked about the bloodbath that would come if there were no death penalty : murders would spike; the killings of police officers would spike This case , and similar exonerations, led to the abolition of the death penalty in Illinois in 2011. The book is available for electronic download on Amazon.com.

The measure Rauner rewrote originally was designed to create a 72-hour "cooling off" period to buy an assault weapon for those who may have intent to cause harm, and to allow additional time for sellers to complete a background check. Under current law, the waiting period to purchase assault weapons including AR-15s is 24 hours. It's 72 hours to buy a handgun.

Rauner said he also wants the bill to include a "complete ban" on the sale and possession of bump stocks and trigger cranks, devices designed to make guns fire more rapidly. He wants courts to have the ability to remove guns from people who are deemed dangerous and for judges and prosecutors to be required to explain decisions on plea agreements that result in the release of habitual gun offenders. And he wants funding to hire mental health workers for schools.

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Since the death penalty was reinstated , at least 39 of the Tennessee lawyers who had represented defendants in capital cases had been disciplined by the state (165 death sentences were imposed during this Manning was convicted in 1989 of the slaying of a South Carolina police officer in 1988.

The governor's decision on the legislation means that the Democrat-controlled General Assembly will have to either accept his changes or override them in order for the underlying bill to become law.

Rauner said the 72-hour rule should apply to all guns.

"If someone is perhaps on the verge of committing suicide, if someone is potentially a dangerous person and they have violent acts in mind, that extra two days could make the difference between life and death," Rauner said Monday at a news conference in Chicago.

But while expressing support for the underlying purpose of the bill, Rauner used the measure as a vehicle for putting forward the additional proposals, which he said were the product of a public safety task force he convened earlier this year. That means that the 72-hour waiting period can't be enacted unless lawmakers consider his other proposals or pass a new bill. Had the governor signed the bill today, or had he done nothing, the 72-hour waiting period would have become law immediately.

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Trump announced the proposal after accepting the endorsement of the New England Police Benevolent Association. The death penalty is legal at the federal level and prosecutors can seek capital punishment in some murder cases , including ones involving the killings of state or local law

Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Carroll of Northbrook said he expected the death penalty provision and changes on plea bargains to complicate things politically.

"He hijacked my bill and put politics ahead of policy," Carroll said. He said he had not been consulted about the governor's proposed changes.

"I think that it was very telling that there was not one Democrat there," Carroll said of the news conference, which was held at an Illinois State Police facility in Chicago. "It would have been nice if, as the original sponsor, if I would have been invited to have conversations about this bill or even to the press conference today to talk about this bill."

Rauner's rewrite of the measure allows him to tout some tough-on-crime ideas promoted by conservatives as he is trying to unify the Republican Party ahead of the November election while also showing suburban moderates - another key constituency - that he is taking gun violence seriously.

"It is a comprehensive package, it is a thoughtful package, it is good policy," Rauner said. "Each piece is critically important."

Illinois proposes reinstating death penalty for mass murder, police killings

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The misconduct in that case involved every level of government, from the police who threatened witnesses to prevent them from testifying for Brandley, to the trial judge and the prosecutor who held It was the first commutation in North Carolina since that state reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

The death penalty provision in particular could become part of election-year campaigning. Former Gov. George Ryan put a moratorium on death penalty sentences in 2000, and former Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation to outlaw the practice in 2011.

Of the provision that would allow confiscation of guns from people who are deemed dangerous, Rauner said such a removal would be allowed for a period of 14 days "and then they go back to the individual if there's no real proof, real evidence" justifying the confiscation.

"This can't just be a random, unjustified accusation or statement by someone. This has to go through a process, it needs to be adjudicated," Rauner said. "We want to protect the rights of individuals, their constitutional protection. … We also have a duty as a community, as a society, to do what we can when there's clear evidence that someone" is dangerous.

The legislation was one of several gun control bills that surfaced after a series of high profile shootings, including the February massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla. The violence sparked demonstrations at schools across the nation as students called for tougher regulations amid pushback from gun owners who argue their Second Amendment rights are at risk.

In March, Rauner vetoed a separate measure that would have created a new state licensing system for gun shops. He argued it was duplicative since gun retailers are already licensed by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, saying it would force small businesses to close without making communities safer.

Illinois death penalty would be reinstated for mass murderers, cop killers under Gov. Rauner's proposal

  Illinois death penalty would be reinstated for mass murderers, cop killers under Gov. Rauner's proposal Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed Monday reestablishing the death penalty in Illinois for certain violent criminals. Under Rauner’s proposal, people who are found “guilty beyond any doubt” of killing multiple people or a police officer could be sentenced to death. During a news conference, the Republican governor said people who kill a police officer “deserve to give up their life,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.This would apply to individuals who are at least 18 years old, the governor's office said. “There must be a burden of proof where a person is guilty beyond all doubt,” Rauner said.

His captors buried him alive in a shallow hole. He suffocated to death before police could find him. Half of the nearly 300 capital cases in Illinois had been reversed for a new trial or resentencing. Since we reinstated the death penalty there are also 93 people ?

Example: Killing a is this, by now familiar, statistic: Since reinstating the deatan alderman, a community policing volunteer or a disabled person now merits the death penalty . Today, one prosecutor's death penalty case is another's life sentence.

Supporters contend federal rules do not go far enough. As Rauner was talking with reporters Monday, Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, announced plans to unveil a revamped proposal on gun licensing on Tuesday.

Supporters of that effort hope Rauner may be less inclined to reject the proposal a second time as he seeks to appeal to a wider audience ahead of a November matchup against Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker. His veto of the licensing bill came just days before the March 20 primary election, in which he faced a challenge from conservative Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton. Ives opposed the bill.

Garcia reported from Springfield.

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Running for fifth term, Feinstein now says capital punishment is unfair and ineffective .
Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she now opposes the death penalty, a surprising reversal from her long-standing support for capital punishment."Several years ago I changed my view of the death penalty. It became crystal clear to me that the risk of unequal application is high and its effect on deterrence is low," she said in a statement to The Times.

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