Illinois governor George H. Ryan was showered with national applause for his Jan. 31 death penalty moratorium. But now that prosecutors and defense lawyers in his own state have had a chance to examine it, some find it unnecessary — if not unworkable.

Gov. Ryan hasn’t spelled out the precise mission, membership or tenure of a new death penalty commission which he has proposed to assure that no more innocent people are sent to his state’s death row.

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