Man may get Capital Punishment despite being it banned

Man may get Capital Punishment despite being it banned

A death penalty trial is possible in Illinois even after the state had abolished it in 2011. Brendt Christensen’s trial is the first trial after the rule had been abolished. Brendt Christensen is a former graduate student who is charged with kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China.

One of the perplexed prospective juror said during the jury selection that she can’t seem to understand how capital punishment could possibly be given out after the state had struck the capital punishment out of the lawbook years ago. The judge had explained that Christensen’s case is not normal.

His case is a rare case in which the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking the death penalty in one of the more than 20 states that doesn’t have capital punishment. It will draw on the U.S. laws that allows executions by federal authorities for exceptional crimes.

The activists who had fought to abolish the death penalty rule say that it is the start of the trend of President Donald Trump. Rob Warden, a leader in the 2000s of Illinois’ anti-death penalty movement, says that it is absurd that the federal government is imposing such a punishment which is abolished in the state years ago. He says that it is morally offensive and you can’t defend it.

The jury selection is expected to complete up by Tuesday and the opening statements will be given on Wednesday. The anti-capital punishment groups were successful in the past but it looks like they will not be successful this time around as many activists have changed to other causes. One of the most prominent group the Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, a main umbrella group in the movement that was active in abolishing the rule in 2011, has been disbanded in Illinois.

Staff writer for the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
UIS to hold online discussion about Juneteenth
Local experts will talk about the history of Juneteenth during an online panel discussion. The University
UIS cancels commencement ceremonies amid coronavirus pandemic
The University of Illinois System announced that the commencement ceremonies had been canceled due to
University of Illinois innovation hub to move with $500 million state funding
The University of Illinois System’s Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) and Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) have
The University of Illinois Springfield opens the Sangamon Experience
The University of Illinois Springfield has held a grand opening for the Sangamon Experience. The
Protect Gurnee school from EtO – UIC expert
A local expert on children’s health has called for protection from emissions of carcinogenic ethylene
University of Illinois study reveals vocational training as tuition-fee alternative
The Illinois Policy Institute and the Project for Middle-Class Renewal at the University of Illinois
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign reveals funding schools would relieve property taxes
The Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the Project for Middle-Class Renewal at the University of
Tests find elevated levels of EtO in blood of residents living close to a company
The initial report of the tests conducted in Lake County found that the residents within
To assist Nursing students, JJC and ISU join hands
Good news for nursing students as Joliet Junior College and Illinois State University have agreed
Illinois voters feel that the state is moving forward on a right track: Survey Report
The research office of the University of Illinois Springfield and NPR Illinois conducted the 2019