Sunday, May 22, 2011

Illinois: Exonerated, But Not Pardoned

The Chicago Sun Times reports five individuals who spent a total of 82 years imprisoned in Illinois before being exonerated now want one thing: a pardon from Gov. Pat Quinn. “All of these people have been officially exonerated by the legal system and are awaiting pardons based on innocence,” said Rob Warden, director of Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions.

A spokesperson for Quinn, however, says that he "acts on petitions in the order in which they were received." And it is well known that Quinn "inherited a significant backlog in petitions" from the previous governor, Rod Blagojevich. Nonetheless, the spokesperson says the governor it "committed" to working through them as soon as he can.

The Sun Times notes pardon would "entitle each of the five up to $16,000 in compensation for each year they were wrongly imprisoned — up to 14 years." See story here.

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