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 1                         HOUSE RESOLUTION 60

 2        WHEREAS, The  Illinois  House  of  Representatives  takes
 3    notice  that  judicial  proceedings  have established that at
 4    least eleven innocent persons have been convicted  of  murder
 5    and  sentenced to death under Illinois' current death penalty
 6    law; and

 7        WHEREAS, Serious allegations of wrongdoing  have  led  to
 8    grand  jury indictments charging local police and prosecutors
 9    with official misconduct and perjury in connection  with  the
10    investigation and prosecution of one such capital case; and

11        WHEREAS,  The  federal  racketeering  conviction  of  one
12    Illinois  State  court judge, proven to have taken a bribe in
13    at least one capital case and possibly others, has led  to  a
14    new  trial for the defendants in one such capital case and to
15    review by the United States Supreme Court in another; and

16        WHEREAS, It is imperative that the citizenry of the State
17    of Illinois have confidence  in  the  fairness  and  truthful
18    application of law, especially in capital cases; and

19        WHEREAS,  In order for the State to protect its moral and
20    ethical integrity, the State must  ensure  a  justice  system
21    which is impartial and uncorrupted; and

22        WHEREAS,  The  execution  of  an  innocent  person by the
23    People of  the  State  of  Illinois  would  be  a  grave  and
24    irreversible injustice; therefore, be it

27    the  House  of Representatives does establish an independent,
28    non-partisan Task Force on the Death  Penalty  to  study  all
29    aspects  of  the  death  penalty as currently administered in
30    Illinois and not its abolition; and be it further
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 1        RESOLVED, That the Task Force on the Death Penalty, which
 2    shall serve without compensation, shall be  comprised  of  12
 3    members;  4 shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of
 4    Representatives; 4 shall be appointed by the  House  Minority
 5    Leader;  2 shall be appointed by the State Appellate Defender
 6    or his designee; one  shall  be  appointed  by  the  Attorney
 7    General  of  Illinois  or  his  designee;  and  one  shall be
 8    appointed by the  Director  of  the  Office  of  the  State's
 9    Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor; and be it further

10        RESOLVED,  That the Task Force on the Death Penalty shall
11    hold public hearings and call before it witnesses to  testify
12    on issues relevant to the administration of the death penalty
13    in Illinois; and be it further

14        RESOLVED,  That  the Task Force shall report its findings
15    and recommendations regarding the  death  penalty,  including
16    remedies  for  any  deficiencies,  if  any, found by the Task
17    Force,  to  the   Governor,   members   of   the   House   of
18    Representatives,  and  the  Illinois  Supreme Court, no later
19    than 6  months  after  the  date  of  the  adoption  of  this
20    Resolution; and be it further

21        RESOLVED,  That  the  Illinois  House  of Representatives
22    urges  the  Governor  to  exercise  his  authority  to  grant
23    temporary reprieves  under  Article  V,  Section  12  of  the
24    Illinois  Constitution,  and  institute  an immediate halt to
25    executions  in  the  State  of  Illinois,  and  that  such  a
26    moratorium on executions remain  in  effect  until  the  Task
27    Force has issued its findings and recommendations, but in any
28    event,  no  later  than  6  months after the adoption of this
29    Resolution; and be it further

30        RESOLVED, That the House of  Representatives  calls  upon
31    the  Supreme  Court  of  Illinois  to  exercise  its judicial
32    discretion under Supreme Court  Rule  613  and  refrain  from
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 1    setting  any  execution dates until the Task Force has issued
 2    its findings and recommendations, but in any event, no  later
 3    than  6  months after the adoption of this Resolution; and be
 4    it further

 5        RESOLVED, That the House of  Representatives  calls  upon
 6    the   Illinois   Senate  to  consider  and  adopt  a  similar
 7    resolution; and be it further

 8        RESOLVED, That a  suitable  copy  of  this  preamble  and
 9    resolution  shall  be  presented  to  the Governor, the Chief
10    Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court,  the  State  Appellate
11    Defender,  the Illinois Attorney General, the Director of the
12    Office of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor, and the
13    President of the Illinois Senate.

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