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Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:13 am

Editor's Note

Illinoisans got used to thinking that because we abolished capital punishment in 2011 the moral dilemma of the death penalty now belongs only to residents of other states. But now the guilty verdict in the Brendt Christensen murder case is a reminder that there is work to do. The sentencing phase of the trial will put on full display the odd reality that the federal government, unlike Illinois and most of the civilized world, still has a death penalty statute. There is little discussion about abolishing it, partly because it is rarely carried out – only three times since 1988. Maybe Illinois can bring the issue to the attention of the nation. Why does the U.S. advocate killing people to show that killing people is wrong? –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

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