The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday noticeably took no notice of Gov. George Ryan’s much ballyhooed moratorium on state executions.

High court majorities not only upheld the death penalties imposed on three convicted murderers, essentially on the ground it is their duty to uphold the state’s capital punishment law. But, in doing so, they ordered that executions in each case scheduled for September take place. Barring, of course, the promised gubernatorial intervention — or a further appeal to Washington, D.C.

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