Center for Wrongful Convictions

Governor Urged To Act On Steidl Pardon

Oct 17, 2013

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.  

Keith Harris, who was imprisoned for two decades for a crime he didn’t commit, was exonerated after the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project got involved with his case.
WUIS/Illinois Issues

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