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by Edmond Geary

Death Penalty after Reagan Assassination Attempt

Everyone old enough remembers the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.  There was no dispute on who the shooter was.  But, Richard Hinkley, charged with the shooting, was found not guilty by reason of insanity.   He was then held in a mental facility instead of a prison.  A few years later, to great publicity, Hinkley…

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by Edmond Geary

Illinois bans the Death Penalty

The State of Illinois has abolished the death penalty.  Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill passed by the legislature in January.  At the same time, he commuted the death sentences of 167 prisoners sitting on death row.  Their sentences were commuted to life without parole. Quinn was elected governor in 2009.  During the campaign for…

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by Edmond Geary

New Jersey prohibits executions

The State of New Jersey last December became the first state to abolish the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976 allowed states to impose the death sentence.  The legislature enacted the measure after a special state commission recommended the abolition a year before. New Jersey has not executed since 1963.  After the…

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