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Illinois / Death Penalty / Ryan Commutations / Liebman Interview #719352

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.]

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Pinto, Barbara

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