Wrongfully Convicted Urge Quinn To Abolish Death Penalty

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — Four men freed from prison after being wrongly convicted and sentenced to death are making a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the exonerated former Death Row inmates would like to meet with Quinn. They want to urge him to sign into law the bill that would abolish the death penalty in Illinois.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Randy Steidl who was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1986 murders of newlyweds Dyke and Karen Rhoads in downstate Paris, Ill., but was later exonerated of the crime. He says there is another option besides capital punishment.

“Life without parole,” Steidl said, “and it guarantees there will never be a possibility of executing an innocent person.”

Steidl says there has never been any proof that the death penalty deters people from committing crimes.

“Why do we kill people who kill people, to show that killing people is wrong?
Steidl said.

He says former Death Row inmates wrote to Quinn a month ago asking for a meeting, but have not yet received a response.

Quinn has not said whether he will sign or veto the legislation against the death penalty.

Quinn has said he supports the death penalty when properly applied, but he hasn’t lifted the moratorium. He said he wants to hear from constituents and would follow his conscience.

  • Mr. Justice

    He should re institute the death penalty be lifting the moratorium. 1) It will save the tax payers over $45,000 per year per convict. 2) When applied properly will be a deterrent. 3) The state of IL should put in an express death penalty. Give the convicts 2 years to appeal, after the 2 years, straight to the chair.

    For all the puking liberals, no, i do not want to see an innocent person die. However, I do not want to continue paying such high taxes to keep these convicts in jail. The death penalty seems to work fine in Texas and other states.

    • @Mr. Justice

      1) Because of legal fees, the death penalty is actually more expensive than life without parole. And you shouldn’t argue that they shouldn’t be spending money on legal fees because if you’re about to use the death penalty, you want to make sure the person actually committed the crime.
      2) There’s no evidence it’s a greater deterrent than life sentence without parole.
      3) Making it express would only increase the chances of killing an innocent person.

      • Mr. Justice

        those are the most ignorant comments one could ever make. you have no evidence on any of your three points. next time get your facts straight before you spew your verbal vomit you moron

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  • elsie twigg

    If the Government would allow the lie detector tests to be submissible in court I firmly believe the innocent would not be in jail, so why not make it permissable to give lie detectoer tests to all prisoners? Aren’t the tests supposed to be about 99% correct?? (Give at least 2 tests just to be sure)

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