Oddly unindicted Illinois Governor George Ryan, for example. Bet'cha they serve him as soon as he's out of office. Bet'cha a dollar.
Until then, he's following his conscience. Rather than the party line or the polls. Gotta respect that.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois' capital punishment system went on trial Tuesday in the first of nine days of clemency hearings for nearly every inmate on death row.
Illinois Prisoner Review Board member Victor Brooks opened one of the first of at least 140 clemency hearings with an apology to family members of victims for forcing them to ``revisit the unwarranted carnage inflicted on their lives.''
He's also sorry for any innocent people currently on death row, but, y'know, if they hadn't fucked up somewhere along the line, they wouldn't be there.
The hearings for all but a handful of the state's 160 death row inmates come after Gov. George Ryan said earlier this year that he intended to review every death penalty case before he leaves office in January.
``This is unprecedented,'' Robert Dunne, a member of the board, said before the hearings. ``Normally we only hear petitions for clemency from death row inmates when their executions are imminent.''
Ryan declared a moratorium on executions in January 2000, calling the state's death penalty system ``fraught with error'' after 13 inmates were found to have been wrongfully convicted, including some found innocent.
This ain't abolishing the death penalty, of course. Nor is it saying that everyone on Death Row is some tragic Jean Valjean figure. . .
Maybe there is such a thing as too much coffee. Pretend I am not making literary references.