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Articles on Death Penalty

Proposed Reforms to the Illinois Capital Punishment System: A Status Report

By Thomas P. Sullivan
January
2008
Article
Page 38
A look at the fate of commission proposals for death-penalty reform. Bottom line: the system is better but there’s room for improvement. 

Fees, Part 1: Budgeting required for Capital Litigators

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2005
LawPulse
Page 438
Appointed criminal defense counsel must now submit budget estimates under the amended Capital Crimes Litigation Act.
 

Investigators in capital cases may obtain criminal information on potential witnesses PA 093-1011

March
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
Effective January 1, 2005, the State Appellate Defender may hire investigators to provide investigative services to appointed counsel and county public defenders. 

Capital Punishment Reform and the Illinois Supreme Court: at the Forefront of Change

By Judge Michael P. Toomin
December
2004
Article
Page 642
The supreme court had already implemented some of the reforms later recommended by the Ryan commission, this author notes.

Revisions Made Regarding Custodial Interviewing and Death Penalty Sentencing P.A. 93-0605

July
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 340
Effective immediately, a pilot program requiring the recording of custodial interviews of suspects will be established in four police stations in the State of Illinois.

2003 Illinois Supreme Court Criminal Cases: Traffic Stops and Apprendi Retroactivity

By Evelyn G. Baniewicz
April
2004
Article
Page 190
A look at the leading criminal law decisions from the 2003 term

Capital Punishment Reform; What’s Been Done and What Remains to Be Done

By Thomas P. Sullivan
April
2004
Article
Page 200
A summary of changes wrought by Illinois' capital punishment reform legislation.

Death Penalty Reform Measures May Include Stricter Punishments for Police Officers who Lie Under Oath in Murder Trials P.A. 93-0655

April
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 176
This legislation will become effective if the legislature enacts the Capital Punishment Reform Study Committee Act (Senate Bill 472) over the Governor's amendatory veto.

Blind plea, blind justice?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2003
LawPulse
Page 8
Capital murder trials put a strain on county budgets, which has led to second-class justice in some cases, critics charge. But improvements in the capital litigation system are making a difference.

Perspectives on death-penalty reform

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2002
LawPulse
Page 338
A prosecutor and criminal defense attorney react to the recommendations of Governor Ryan's Commission on Capital Punishment.

Repair or Repeal; Report of the Governor’s Commission on Capital Punishment

By Thomas P. Sullivan
June
2002
Article
Page 304
A summary by the commission co-chair of the most significant recommendations.

General Assembly approves expanded application of the death penalty; H.B. 1812

July
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 342
The General Assembly recently approved a measure that will make perpetrators of gang-related murders eligible for the death penalty.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
July
2001
Column
Page 338
Golfers in the (legal) news; capital punishment and the mentally retarded; and more.

Evidentiary hearing was necessary in death penalty appeal to determine whether the state would have exercised a peremptory challenge in the absence of gender-related motivations

May
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 230
On March 2, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the circuit court's dismissal of the defendant's post-conviction petition filed in a death penalty case.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
October
2000
Column
Page 560
The illusion of insurance exclusion; lease lacking, landlord loses; OSHA makes house calls; and more.

Trial court did not improperly dismiss potential juror in death penalty case

August
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 438
On June 15, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed first degree murder, attempted murder, and armed robbery convictions against Paris D. Sims, as well as a death sentence ordered by the circuit court of St. Clair County.

Capital Crimes Litigation Trust Fund

March
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
On December 23, 1999, the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer adopted emergency rules to section 725 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 74 Ill Adm Code 725.

A Level Field for Death Penalty Cases

By Timothy L. Bertschy
April
1999
Column
Page 184
When Illinois re-enacted the death penalty in 1977, the General Assembly and the criminal justice system made a legal and moral commitment to the people of Illinois that, if executions take place in their name, they would be done right.

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