On the practical side there have been no executions in Illinois since 1999 and while there have been recent national polls that show declining but still strong support for the death penalty (64%), and both Lisa Madigan and Richie Daly were against this repeal, public concern over the death penalty has a long history of being high in Illinois. A little courageous, but in Illinois not as much in the face of public sentiment. The executions of those who were later proven to be not guilty had made many Illinoisans, including those who do not see executions inherently barbaric, uncomfortable with allowing it at all and no matter what Madigan says, those mistakes have happened, will happen if the penalty is allowed, and cannot be undone.
Bricker, how is your belief that the death penalty is “barbaric” consistent with a conclusion that it is “perfectly constitutional”? It seems to me that the first implies that it is “cruel and unusual” and therefore less than perfectly constitutional.
Yeah, on preview, what Simplico said.