The Death Penalty is About Politics, Power and Money

By: Ronald Kliner

I awoke at 3:30 a.m. to the sound of loud police radios and chains clanging. My name is Ronald Kliner, and I am on death row at Pontiac, Ill. I am supposed to die today for a murder I did not do, nor was even present for, but that is another story. I have a stay on my execution pending post-conviction appeals.

From where I am, below me, Andrew Kokoraleis was being told to get dressed and bring his medication if he had any. He asked, "Are you sure about this?" Kokoraleis had reason to wonder. He had received a stay from Supreme Court Justice Harrison pending the U.S. Supreme Court review of his case. But unknown to Kokoraleis, just 24 hours after the stay had been granted, it had been lifted.

I am writing this on Wednesday, and Andrew Kokoraleis has by now been executed/murdered by the state of Illinois in the name of justice for the people. How ironic that Kokoraleis was murdered by the state for the supposed murder he had committed. This makes about as much sense as the state raping a rapist - which it does not do. And the real fact is that Kokoraleis may have been innocent of the murder for which he was sentenced to death. In light of the fact that 11 people have been freed after having spent countless years on Illinois' death row for crimes they did not commit, you have to seriously ask yourself what the hell is really going on?

With the recent release of Anthony Porter and Steven Smith, both in the same month, the momentum for a moratorium in Illinois is real. All of the supporters of the death penalty are real worried because the issue of the death penalty is a lot bigger than executing innocent people. It is about politics, power and money - simple as that. And as long as the public is "scared" enough by the powers that be, they will continue to think the death penalty is needed. So, as Andrew Kokoraleis said himself, "The state is itching to kill someone, and it just happens to be me. I won't be around to benefit from the moratorium, but it will help everyone else." My God, how right he was - and sadly so for all of us and society.

Sadly, the public is very scared for there to not be any death penalty. But that is because they don't understand, nor are they told the truth by the powers that be - that the death penalty does not work and innocent people can be killed.

Andrew Kokoraleis is gone today.

So ask yourself this now: how has it made a difference that he is dead? If you're honest, you'll understand who it does make a difference to and that should scare the hell out of you. It's the powers that be - acting righteous for the good of all when all they are thinking of is themselves and their own special interests.

It's simple. If Kokoraleis was alive today and imprisoned for life, it wouldn't make a damn bit of difference to anyone. And if he was truly innocent for the crime he was sentenced to death for, there'd be no chance of killing an innocent man. But in Illinois, it is better to execute/murder than admit you could be wrong - and that is very scary. What are you going to do about it?

Ronald Kliner, #B-77152
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764