"Attorneys push Quinn to pardon Randy Steidl," is the AP report, via the Springfield State Journal-Register.
Attorneys for the Center for Wrongful Convictions have sent an open letter to Gov. Pat Quinn in an attempt to push the Democrat into acting on a pardon for Gordon "Randy" Steidl.
The letter dated Wednesday seeks action on an 11-year-old petition.
The letters says, "This matter has lingered for far too long. Please do the right thing."
It says at the least, Quinn should meet with Steidl in person to explain why he has not acted on Steidl's request while deciding thousands of other clemency petitions since taking office in 2009.
Steidl wrongfully spent 17 years in prison — a dozen on death row — for the murder a young couple in Paris, Ill. in 1986.
"Center on Wrongful Convictions asks Quinn to pardon former death row inmate," is by Joseph Diebold at the Daily Northwestern.
The Center on Wrongful Convictions on Wednesday asked Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to pardon a former death row inmate whose conviction was overturned in 2004.
Attorneys from the center, which operates as part of the Northwestern School of Law, wrote an open letter to Quinn calling on him to act on the innocence pardon petition of Randy Steidl, whose 2002 petition is the oldest awaiting executive action.
“Governor Quinn, this matter has lingered for far too long. Please do the right thing now, and allow this innocent man to clear his good name," Steidl's attorneys wrote in the letter. "At a bare minimum, please do Randy the honor of sitting down with him, face to face, and explain to him why you have decided so many other pardon petitions during your tenure in office — including 65 grants of clemency this past Friday — but have repeatedly passed over his.”
Steidl was sentenced to death in 1987 for the murders of Karen and Dyke Rhoads. After several appeals, a U.S. District Court judge ordered a new trial. Although she initially said she would appeal the decision, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced she would not pursue the appeal in March 2004.
Steidl's conviction was overturned and he has settled civil suits with law enforcement agencies involved, but Quinn has so far declined to act on his petition.
All charges against Herb Whitlock, Steidl's co-defendant, were dropped in 2008.
Earlier coverage of Randy Steidl's case begins at the link.
Steidl was an active player in Illinois' 2011 repeal of the death penalty.