Lawyers group votes for abolishing Illinois death penalty

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Lawyers group votes for abolishing Illinois death penalty

Post  Jennie on Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:22 pm

Lawyers group votes for abolishing Illinois death penalty

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. A prominent association of lawyers is throwing its weight behind trying to end the death penalty in Illinois for good.

The Illinois State Bar Association's assembly voted Saturday to support abolishing capital punishment.

The 35,000-member association has supported past death penalty reforms but for the first time says it will actively support abolition legislation. A moratorium has put executions on hold since 2000.

ISBA President Jack Carey says the association should support ending the death penalty just as Abraham Lincoln wanted to end slavery because both are human rights issues.

Carey says the death penalty should be ended to avoid "the grossest miscarriage of justice imaginable, the death of an innocent person."
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