Thursday, February 28, 2008

Illinois: Commutation Revisited

Days before his term ended in 2003, Illinois Governor George Ryan (R) commuted the death sentences of 167 inmates to life in prison. Since then, 13 men have been sentenced to death in Illinois -- Eric Hanson became No. 14 Wednesday. It took the DuPage County jury only 90 minutes to decide. In 2005, Hanson shot his parents while they slept in their Naperville home. He then moved their bodies to his sister's Aurora home after bludgeoning Kate Hanson-Tsao and her husband, Jimmy Tsao, earlier that evening. Story here.

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