Illinois death penalty: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's signature on legislation getting rid of the death penalty provoked an extraordinary array of emotions Wednesday — almost all of them intense.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill to make Illinois the 16th state to abolish the death penalty. Questions about the fairness of the death penalty led to a state moratorium in 2000.
Forty-six executions were carried out in 2010, less than half the all-time high of 98 in 1999, a new report finds. The death penalty was assessed to 114 murderers this year, far short of former levels.
Death penalty survey contradicts previous polls showing broad support among Americans for the maximum punishment, but pollsters say the key is giving respondents alternatives.
Teresa Lewis will be the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly a century. The death sentence has prompted appeals from the EU and accusations of double-standards from Iran's president.