Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. Right now, a generous funder will match your donation dollar for dollar. That means when you give $10 to Democracy Now!, we'll receive $20. So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Governor Ryan Speaks Out On the Death Penalty

StoryJanuary 31, 2001
Watch iconWatch Full Show

Since 1973, 93 people in 22 states have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence. In the sametime period, another 693 people have been executed in the United States. Some of them were discovered to have beeninnocent AFTER it was too late.

In Illinois alone, 13 death row inmates were released after evidence of their innocence was established. Many ofthese cases were discovered, not because of the normal appeals process, but rather as a result of new scientifictechniques, investigations by journalists, college students, and the dedicated work of expert attorneys, notavailable to the typical death row inmate.

In January 2000, appalled by the injustice of the system, conservative Republican Governor George Ryan imposed amoratorium on executions in Illinois. One year later, the Illinois Supreme Court set new rules establishing minimumstandards of training and experience for lawyers and prosecutors in death penalty cases and set up seminars forjudges. The rules, which will go into effect in March, also require prosecutors to make a "good faith effort" tonotify defense attorneys of evidence that could help the defense and establish new standards for disclosing DNAevidence. The changes were sparked in part by Gov. Ryan who delivered the following speech last month to theAssociation of the Bar of New York City.

Tape:

  • Gov. George Ryan, Illinois Republican who established a moratorium on executions in his state.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation