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Group Continues Push For Steidl Pardon

Randy Steidl
Randy Steidl

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has still failed to act on a pardon request for Randy Steidl according to his attorneys and they don’t know why.

Steidl’s 2002 petition is the oldest waiting executive action by Quinn.  

The Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Law School has sent Quinn a letter asking him to act.

Steidl spent 17 years in prison, 12 of them on death row, for the murder of newlyweds Dyke and Karen Rhoads in Paris, Illinois in 1986.

Steidl's conviction was overturned, and he was set free in 2004.

A Quinn spokesman wouldn’t get into specifics over Steidl’s case. 

Steidl now lives in Charleston, Illinois and works for Witness to Innocence, a group working to abolishing the death penalty.  

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