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Blagojevich Signs Death Penalty Reforms


Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Tuesday declared the state's death penalty reforms complete. But he says he'll wait to see how they affect trials before he lifts a moratorium on executions.

Flanked by Senate President Emil Jones and other lawmakers who pushed the reforms, Blagojevich signed a compromise measure holding police accountable for lying on the stand.

He vetoed a previous version because it called for decertifying suspected officers without due process.

The version signed calls for a review of suspect officers by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

A previous bill signed by Blagojevich requires prosecutors to disclose promises made to witnesses in exchange for testimony, changes lineup procedures so all persons included bear some resemblance to the described suspect, and provides for videotaped confessions.