Quinn says Ill. death penalty moratorium will stay

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he has no immediate plans to lift the state’s moratorium on the death penalty.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he has no immediate plans to lift the state’s moratorium on the death penalty. The Democrat who last week replaced ousted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he supports capital punishment. But he says he worries innocent people have been sent to Illinois’ death row. During a visit to Collinsville on Friday, Quinn said he wants to make sure there are adequate safeguards to make sure no one is put to death improperly in Illinois. He says that would weigh on everyone’s conscience. Imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan declared a moratorium on executions in Illinois in 2000. Ryan commuted the sentence of every inmate on death row, citing a number of wrongful convictions. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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