Justice John Paul Stevens, who died at 99, believed that government should be neutral. In 2019, the question is whether that model can still survive.
Rob Warden writes that seeking the death penalty against Brendt Christensen is likely only to bring anguish to the families of both the victim and the killer, and to cost taxpayers considerable money. And in addition, writes Warden, the odds are against Christensen actually being executed.
The voting is by secret ballot, and judges cast their ballots in a process that is independently administered by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts — an arm of the Illinois Supreme Court.
If jurors in staged performances can’t consistently come to the same result — what does that say about real life?
Victims of sexual attack can easily make mistakes in trying to identify the stranger who committed the assault. That has nothing to do with the identification by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
The corrections department offers no answer on whether any inmates have benefited from the new state law that encourages early release for prisoners who qualify. Politics appears to be blocking an answer.
The author, an attorney active in prison reform, writes, “The only thing worse than the way parole works in Illinois is to have no parole.”
George Leighton was a legal giant, appointed to the federal district court with bipartisan support. But could he even have been confirmed today?