ABC Evening News for Saturday, Jan 11, 2003
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.
(Chicago: Barbara Pinto) The decision by Illinois' outgoing Governor George Ryan to commute the sentences of all those on death row to life in prison featured. [Victims' relative Dawn FUSCHELL- reacts to the ruling] [RYAN - says this is blanket commutation because of error in our capital system.] [Cook County state's attorney Richard DEVINE- says the governor broke the system.] [Released inmate Aaron PATTERSON- says miracles do happen.]
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Death Penalty Information Center statistics on the death penalty cited. [In taped interview, Columbia law school professor James LIEBMAN- says there is a crisis brewing in the death penalty all over the nation.]
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