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Crime Man whose case helped end death penalty in Illinois dies

06:55  08 july  2021
06:55  08 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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History of the Death Penalty Following the U.S. Porter's case is credited with reigniting public debate on the death penalty in Illinois , eventually… Porter was released in February 1999 on the motion of the State’s Attorney after Ciolino convinced another man to confess on videotape to the double murder that sent Porter to death row. Charges were filed against the other man , who claimed he killed in self-defense. Porter had come within 2 days of execution in 1998, granted a last minute reprieve because the Court wanted to look into his mental competency after an IQ test revealed that Porter has an IQ of

Capital punishment has been repealed in the U.S. state of Illinois since 2011. Illinois used death by hanging as a form of execution until 1928. The last person executed by this method was the public execution of Charles Birger the same year.

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Illinois death row inmate whose exoneration became an incentive to end the death penalty in the state has died, his attorney announced Wednesday.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, file photo, former death row inmate Anthony Porter sits in a courtroom at the State of Illinois Building during the clemency hearing for death row inmate Floyd Richardson. Porter, whose exoneration became an incentive to end the death penalty in Illinois, has died. On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, Porter's attorney Jim Montgomery said that Porter died during the week at age 66. (AP Photo/Stephen J. Carrera, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, file photo, former death row inmate Anthony Porter sits in a courtroom at the State of Illinois Building during the clemency hearing for death row inmate Floyd Richardson. Porter, whose exoneration became an incentive to end the death penalty in Illinois, has died. On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, Porter's attorney Jim Montgomery said that Porter died during the week at age 66. (AP Photo/Stephen J. Carrera, File)

Attorney Jim Montgomery told WBBM Radio that Anthony Porter, 66, died this week. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Porter died from “anoxic brain injury, probable opioid toxicity,” and ruled the death an accident.

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The road to abolishing the death penalty in Illinois has been long and rocky. Even today, polls show a majority of people in the US. still favor capital punishment. In 1972, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty constituted cruel and unusual punishment and therefore was unconstitutional, barring executions nationwide. The above facts have helped to bring about a change in public opinion. The number of people who favor the death penalty for those convicted of murder is slowly declining. The spread of Life Without Parole (LWOP) as an alternative is a major factor.

Kim Kardashian West is seeking to stop the execution of a Texas man who was sentenced to death for his involvement in the 1999 murders of two youth ministers. The reality star-turned-prison reform advocate highlighted the case in a tweet on Sunday, writing: 'A terrible case has been brought to my Bernard, 40, was given the death penalty in 2000 for killing Todd and Stacie Bagley with the help of four accomplices, all of whom were teenagers at the time, in Killeen, Texas. The teens were accused of holding the Bagleys at gunpoint and stealing their car before shooting them dead and burning their

Porter was exonerated in 1999 and released from prison after another man confessed to the Aug. 15, 1982 fatal shooting of two people as they sat in a park on Chicago’s South Side.

Alstory Simon confessed to the crime during an investigation of the murders by a team of journalism students from Northwestern University. Simon was later convicted and sentenced to 37 years in prison.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office re-examined Simon’s conviction in 2013 after he recanted his confession. Simon alleged he was coerced into making it by a private investigator, working with the journalism students, who he says promised him he would get an early release and a share of the profits from book and movie deals.

In 2014, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez noted the investigation of the case was corrupted and her office could no longer maintain the legitimacy of Simon’s conviction. Alvarez would not say if she believed Simon was innocent.

Simon was released from prison in October, 2014.

Porter’s case helped lead former Gov. George Ryan to halt all executions in Illinois. Ryan declared a moratorium on executions in 2003 and cleared death row by commuting the death sentences of more than 150 inmates to life in prison. Illinois, led by Gov. Pat Quinn, abolished the death penalty in 2011.

Porter was arrested in 2011 for stealing deodorant from a Chicago pharmacy. He pleaded guilty to retail theft and was sentenced in 2012 to one year in prison.

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