Illinois Likely To Toughen Police Perjury Law

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Illinois lawmakers will defy Gov. Rod Blagojevich and enact a law to remove the badges of police officers who commit perjury in murder cases, House Speaker Michael Madigan predicted yesterday, said Copley News Service.

Blagojevich deleted the disciplinary provision from a package of capital-punishment safeguards that passed the General Assembly. The perjury legislation will resurface during a veto session this fall, when lawmakers can override Blagojevich with a three-fifths vote.

The governor said officers who lie under oath should be prosecuted rather than brought before a civil panel where the standard of proof is lower. Critics say he caved in to police unions who backed his election. Madigan said the measure is “a raging issue in the African-American community,” which supports the disciplinary provision. Blagojevich responded that the provision “was too hard on the police. It essentially begins with a presumption that the police are the bad guys…”


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