Some want end to death penalty moratorium

February 12, 2008 4:23:29 PM PST
Some lawmakers want to bring back the death penalty in Illinois.DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett and state representatives Dennis Reboletti and Randy Ramey urged Governor Blagojevich to end the moratorium on capital punishment.

Former governor George Ryan imposed it eight years ago.

The lawmakers and Birkett say the governor shouldn't block capital punishment.

"It's the law of the State of Illinois. It should be enforced," said State Rep. Reboletti, (R) Elmhurst.

"But the moratorium has sent the wrong message. And if the death penalty is a deterrent, it should be a penalty that's actually in place and working," said Birkett.

Birkett stressed that Illinois has implemented capital punishment reforms, such as videotaping confessions by murder suspects.