Hi all. This was the thread I was looking for before on the death penalty but missed. Maybe a better starting point for death penalty discussion relating to the Tuscon shooting or just in general. Reposting my comment from the other thread, The Illinois state senate passed legislation yesterday banning the death penalty in our state. Our now incarcerated former governor George Ryan placed a moratorium on the death penalty a decade ago and Illinois has not executed anyone since. The new law, hopefully to be signed by the current governor, is a logical final step in this process. Again, George Ryan's moratorium was based on Low's reasoning about the death penalty, that although the state has a duty to establish legal guilt for crimes, mistakes are possible, indeed have likely occurred, and the state perhaps should not take on the risk of executing an innocent person. Please consider reposting recent your comments added to the other thread here.