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Victims' Families React

Shock, anger, and frustration...just a few of the emotions one Heartland family experiences after learning of Illinois Governor George Ryan's decision to commute the sentences for all death row inmates. It's exactly seven days to the eleven year anniversary of Kathy Woodhouse's rape and murder. Her husband, Joe Woodhouse and mother, Sybil East, are stunned at Ryan's announcement.  Paul Taylor, the man who raped and killed Kathy in January of 1992, won't face the death chamber, because of Ryan's concern for the human rights of death row inmates. Woodhouse and East have argued for Kathy's human rights for over a decade, and even testified last fall at Taylor's clemency hearing, but say Governor Ryan never heard their pleas for justice.

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