Friday, May 18, 2007

Holdout juror keeps Luna from what now?

In its paper edition (on the online story page too), the Tribune's top headline today is:
1 vote saves Luna's life
Pretty good hed! Dramatic!

But isn't there a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois? And isn't there not much chance that it will be reinstated any time soon? So it's really much closer to the truth to say that one holdout juror spared Luna from receiving a meaningless death sentence that wouldn't ever have been carried out anyway? Sort of sucks the drama out of that headline, I know, but there you are.

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