My sincere condolences to Justice Harrison's family. He was a giant in Illinois' legal community. As an appellate lawyer, I argued many death penalty cases before the Illinois Supreme Court during his tenure on the court. In being among the first jurists in Illinois to recognize and speak out about the flaws and injustices inherent in our capital punishment process, Justice Harrison was a prophet and a statesman.
Jewish law says, "whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world, and whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world." Justice Harrison saved the entire world. His wisdom and humanity will be sorely missed.