We’ll use Stu Umholtz’s comments in the Peoria paper today to get things going.
Illinois lawmakers need to decide whether the state should resume executions because “we cannot simply allow the status quo to continue,” Stewart Umholtz, the Republican nominee for attorney general, said Wednesday.
Former Gov. George Ryan, a Republican, halted all executions in 2000 because of concerns about a flawed capital punishment system that sometimes put innocent people on death row. Just before leaving office in 2003, he emptied death row of more than 100 inmates and commuted their sentences to life in prison.
Ryan’s moratorium on executions has remained in effect during the tenure of Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Umholtz said that as attorney general, he would advise the governor to lift the moratorium and review each death penalty case individually.
Should the moratorium be lifed? Explain.