Illinois’ death row officially shuts down

By DON BABWIN – Associated Press – CHICAGO — After spending years at the center of heated national debate over capital punishment, Illinois’ death row officially died Friday when a state law abolishing the death penalty quietly took effect. The state garnered international attention when then-Republican Gov. George Ryan declared a moratorium in 2000 after several inmates’ death sentences were overturned and he cleared death row three years later. One man who came within 48 hours of being executed was among those later declared innocent. [Full Story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43611701/ns/us_news/ ]

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Illinois’ death row officially shuts down