Governor George Ryan, His General Assembly, United States discussed on Anna Davlantes


You know, it's one of those things I still think about. You know, he did some bad stuff, but and I'm sure he's probably was guilty. We would have never executed him. You know, I know that the anti death penalty folks are mean they're very loud. You heard them. You know that you have no right to do this and on and on. But when I think about the cases that you had to deal with you also had the families of the victims, right? And in many cases, I'm sure those family members wanted to see the death penalty used that you write about the story. It's actually one of your neighbors. A guy named Steve Small who was buried alive and and killed a suffix e ated from that, so I'm just curious. What was your answer when you had the family members of victims who said governor This person should be executed. Well, I couldn't set that We had several people like that. We wanted to make sure that we had we had. Ah, make sure that whoever Bennett, sentenced to death is guilty. However, I thought that the whole system was so fraught with there that there was any possible way that you could be absolutely sure. That that somebody was guilty or innocent because of the way the air that's possible in that situation. But I was still kind of a supporter of the death penalty and kind of a long story I won't go into, but I formed a commission to improve the death penalty to make it Less likely that an innocent person could be executed. And I had a commission that I appointed that made some recommendations. 85 recommendations to the General Assembly to do just that. It makes some changes. I thought and men in the commission did, too. That would be less likely to kill an innocent person. And that it was an election year and, of course, the members of the General Assembly when you run into public up, But you always want to look like you're tough on crime, and they didn't want to do too much. So out of the 85 recommendations that the commission made His General Assembly passed 11 and I think it was in Madigan's chamber in the House. And It was to make sure that the videotape confessions for especially capital crimes anybody says Yes, I may I I committed the crime and and you know you did that they had Take those confessions and the and I don't. I think it's still on those. I think it's still the law, but it was the only one that passed. And then the rest of the recommendations at my commission made were sent into a committee basically just killed him, and I never we never heard from him again. So once again, let me remind people I'm talking to former Governor George Ryan, former governor of Illinois on about his new book until I could Be sure he's the guy that instituted the moratorium on the death penalty was back on January 31st of 2000 governor But that wasn't that wasn't the end of what you did, because beyond that, you also decided to commute the sentences of everybody who was on who's on death row because the truth was even though you you entered the moratorium. That didn't mean death penalty trials didn't stop right. I mean the list of people on that death row it continue to grow. The sentence just couldn't be carried out. Yeah, That's right. I just the moratorium just meant that I wasn't going to sign the death warrant sent over from the attorney general. I have to tell the governor I do. The attorney General shuns the death warrant. I have to sign before they can execute anybody. I just said I'm not signing any more of these until we get the same straightened up. All right. Stick with me Governor because there's so much more to talk about on we do want to talk about some of your own personal experiences with the system. Once again, listeners can call in and talk to former Governor George Ryan 312981 72 100 will be back after these words. You're listening to 7 20 w GM. Is your old sports memorabilia, trash or treasure? Find out between 8:39 a.m. and don't throw anything out yet Rise and wine with US five until 19..

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