Donations to the Community of Sant'Egidio are tax deductible
under current regulations

Also this year it can target the 5x1000 to the Community of Sant'Egidio
Write the number 80191770587 in the tax return

Andrea Riccardi: on the web

Andrea Riccardi: on social networks

Andrea Riccardi: press review

change language
you are in: no death penalty - news contacting usnewsletterlink

Support The Community

 
January 12 2011 | UNITED STATES

USA

Illinois, Parliament passes abolition of death penalty. Bill headed to Governor Pat Quinn

 
printable version

TMNews

Pena morte, Parlamento dell'Illinois ha votato l'abolizione.

Chicago, 12 gen. - Il Parlamento dell'Illinois ha votato l'abolizione della pena di morte nel collegio elettorale del presidente Barack Obama, lasciando al nuovo governatore democratico di questo Stato, Pat Quinn, la scelta di trasformare questo voto in legge. Dopo la Camera dei Rappresentanti, ieri anche il Senato dello Stato ha approvato l'abolizione della pena capitale con 32 voti favorevoli e 25 contrari. Un voto che giunge proprio mentre in Oklahoma è stato giustiziato un condannato a morte, il secondo dall'inizio del nuovo anno.

Nel braccio della morte dell'Illinois ci sono attualmente 15 condannati. Nel 2003, al termine di una moratoria di tre anni sulle esecuzioni, il governatore repubblicano George Ryan commutò tutte le condanne a morte sulla base di una serie di errori giudiziari. Lo Stato non ha più giustiziato alcun condannato dal 1999, mentre aveva applicato la pena capitale in 12 occasioni nei dieci anni precedenti. Quinn non ha rivelato le sue intenzioni. Il suo ufficio politico ha fatto sapere che, prima di decidere, il governatore intende aspettare un po' di tempo per potere esaminare il testo prima di promulgarlo.

Intanto ieri in Oklahoma è stato giustiziato un uomo di 38 anni. La pena capitale è stata eseguita con un anestetico solitamente utilizzato per l'eutanasia degli animali. Jeffrey Matthews è stato dichiarato morto alle 18.09 locali, l'1.09 in Italia. Era stato condannato nel 1995 per la morte, l'anno precedente, di un uomo di 77 anni durante un furto nella sua abitazione. Matthews, che è la seconda persona giustiziata in Oklahoma con l'aiuto del pentobarbital dall'inizio del 2011, si è sempre dichiarato innocente.

 

The New York Times

Illinois Bill Eliminating Death Row Is Approved

By MONICA DAVEY

CHICAGO — After more than a decade of debate over whether the state’s system of capital punishment could ever be fair, state lawmakers voted on Tuesday to end the death penalty in Illinois.

The move, which came only hours before a new group of lawmakers takes office in Springfield on Wednesday, leaves the future of capital punishment to the Democratic governor, Patrick J. Quinn, who has not indicated whether he will sign the legislation. If Mr. Quinn agrees to the ban, Illinois will join 15 other states without capital punishment.

A heated, sometimes graphic debate preceded a vote in the State Senate, which is dominated by Democrats. Senator Kwame Raoul, a Democrat who led efforts to end death sentences, reminded his colleagues of the state’s record of at least 13 condemned prisoners, including one who came within 50 hours of execution, who were found to have been wrongfully convicted. Supporters of the death penalty, meanwhile, described heinous cases and said there were still some circumstances so intolerable as to require execution.

The Senate voted 32 to 25 to approve the ban. The State House, also controlled by Democrats, approved the measure last week on a 60-to-54 vote. But the future of capital punishment has been in question here for years.

In 2000, George Ryan, a Republican who was then serving as governor, described the state’s death penalty system as broken, declared a moratorium on executions and later commuted the death sentences of everyone on death row — more than 100 prisoners. New convicts have been sentenced to death in Illinois since then, but no executions have been held.

 

AFP

USA: le Parlement de l'Illinois vote l'abolition de la peine de mort

CHICAGO, 11 jan 2011 - La Chambre et le Sénat de l'Illinois (nord des Etats-Unis) ont voté l'abolition de la peine de mort dans le fief du président Barack Obama, laissant au nouveau gouverneur démocrate de cet Etat, Pat Quinn, le choix de transformer ce vote en loi.

Le Sénat de l'Etat a voté par 32 voix contre 25 en faveur de l'abolition, imitant la Chambre des représentants qui avait voté dans le même sens la semaine dernière.

M. Quinn n'a pas révélé ses intentions et son bureau a fait savoir qu'il prendrait le temps d'examiner le texte avant de le promulguer.

"Le parlement de l'Illinois a montré avec courage la bonne direction en prenant cette mesure tardive", a estimé dans un communiqué Larry Cox, directeur d'Amnesty International USA. Il a rappelé que 20 personnes avaient été disculpées et libérées du couloir de la mort, depuis 30 ans.

"Ce vote illustre la montée des inquiétudes concernant la peine de mort et la volonté générale de la remplacer par d'autres types de châtiments", a déclaré de son côté Richard Dieter, directeur du Centre d'information sur la peine de mort (DPIC).

"Les problèmes liés à la peine capitale ne sont pas propres à l'Illinois. Le ras-le-bol qu'elle provoque et son coût ont conduit à une baissse générale de sa pratique", a-t-il ajouté. Le couloir de la mort de l'Illinois accueille aujourd'hui 15 condamnés. En 2003, à l'issue de trois ans de moratoire sur les exécutions, le gouverneur républicain George Ryan avait commué toutes les peines de mort, après la découverte d'une série d'erreurs judiciaires. L'Etat n'a exécuté aucun condamné depuis 1999 et en avait exécuté 12 dans les 10 années précédentes, selon le DPIC.

De même source, la peine de mort a coûté 100 millions de dollars à l'Illinois depuis 2003.

Les élus de plusieurs Etats américains s'interrogent régulièrement sur la possibilité d'abolir la peine de mort, qui est encore en vigueur dans 35 Etats sur 50, notamment en raison de son coût exponentiel par rapport à la perpétuité.

En 2009, le gouverneur du Nouveau-Mexique (sud-ouest) a signé la loi supprimant la peine capitale dans son Etat. Trois ans auparavant, c'était le New Jersey (est).

Les abolitionnistes scrutent de très près ces abolitions ponctuelles dans l'attente que 26 Etats interdisent la peine de mort. Ils pourront alors demander à la Cour suprême de l'abolir partout, au nom du 8e amendement de la Constitution qui interdit "les châtiments inhabituels", c'est-à-dire désapprouvés dans une majorité d'Etats.

Les Etats-Unis ont exécuté 46 personnes en 2010 dont une femme, contre 98 en 1999.

 

RELATED NEWS
November 29 2016
BELARUS

Death convict Ivan Kulesh executed

November 29 2016

On November 30th join the World Day of the Cities for Life against the death penalty


How, when and where to join all over the world. The map of the cities, latest news, video. Visit this page for updates and share it! The hashtag is #nodeathpenalty
November 29 2016
UNITED STATES
Join the lay Catholic Community of Sant'Egidio

Various locations throughout the Florida dioceses will again participate in the International Day of Cities for Life


You are invited to attend an event in your area! Cities for Life, Against the Death Penalty
November 21 2016
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
The results at the Third Committee of the General Assembly, the committee regarding issues relating to human rights, show momentum against the death penalty in the world

Death Penalty: the yes vote increases at the Third UN Committee, reaching a total of 115


Its resolution is debated and voted every other year
November 8 2016
KENYA

Death penalty: Sant'Egidio in Nairobi. From commuting sentences to humanizing society

November 5 2016
ZIMBABWE

10 death row inmates freed

all related news

ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 28 2016
AP

High court to examine mental disability, death penalty issue
November 12 2016
Internazionale

Si rafforza la pena di morte negli Stati Uniti
November 11 2016

Al liceo classico “Socrate” di Bari, conferenza “Non c’è giustizia senza vita”
October 24 2016
New York Times

The Death Penalty, Nearing Its End
June 4 2016
The Washington Post

Meet the red-state conservatives fighting to abolish the death penalty
all press-related

VIDEO PHOTOS
4:04
Motion Grafic "cities for life" 2012 -
4:14
Motion Grafic cities for life FR -
3:01
Promo Engl 2013 citiesforlife -

72 visits

232 visits

49 visits

53 visits

61 visits
all the related media