Friday, May 1, 2009

Illinois: 17 Pardons, 1 Commutation of Sentence

The Chicago Sun Times reports Governor Quinn has commuted the life prison sentence of Debra Gindorf, who was convicted of killing her two children in 1985. Gindorf was found guilty but judged mentally ill. She is said to have committed the murders "while in the throes of post-partum depression." Quinn also granted 17 pardons. See story here. The Chicago Trubune reports that it was Gindorf's fourth application for clemency (the first three being rejected by various Illinois governors). The additional pardons granted by Quinn involved crimes such as battery, prostitution and mail theft. See Tribune reporting here. The Associated Press also reports that the State's Attorney's office supported clemency for Ms. Gindorf.

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