January 14, 2003

As reported by the local, national, and international news media, Illinois Governor George Ryan on Jan. 11 issued clemency to 164 of the state’s Death Row inmates, commuting their sentences to life in prison without parole. The unprecedented decision was based in part on the findings -- two years in the making -- of his internationally-acclaimed Commission on Capital Punishment, which was co-chaired by Jenner & Block Partner and former United States Attorney Thomas P. Sullivan.

The governor's blanket pardon also came in the wake of extensive hearings in 2002 at which Jenner & Block represented three Death Row inmates seeking clemency. Those Firm attorneys included Partners David Bradford, Edward Malone, Robert Markowski, Terri Mascherin and Benjamin Weinberg as well as Associates Jennifer Salvatore, Jeffrey Silver, Ryan Stippich, and Daniel Weiss.