Anti-death penalty advocates fighting for Colorado changes
Currently, defendants convicted of a violent crime like murder in Colorado can be sentenced to the gravest sentence of all: death. There are currently at least a couple of convicted men in line to possibly be executed because of the violent crimes of which they were found guilty.
Death penalty opponents want the threat of execution that those men are facing to be done away with in Colorado. They are pushing a legislative proposal that would ban the death penalty as a sentencing option in future cases. If passed, the change in sentencing law wouldn’t necessarily change the future executions of the two Colorado inmates who are in line to face their deaths.
Current Gov. John Hickenlooper has recently mentioned how he struggles with the matter of the death penalty in his state. Whether that struggle will lead to his acceptance of an official change in sentencing is for the future to tell. It is also within his power to pardon the execution of an inmate, with or without the passage of the legislative proposal. There is a lot of pressure on the governor, with the last Colorado execution having taken place 15 years ago.
Attitudes and beliefs of a population can change significantly in 15 years. Some who are for keeping the death penalty in Colorado argue that the issue should come down to the voters of the state, not just to lawmakers. It is a very sensitive matter that can define a state in a way; therefore, residents’ voices should have a strong impact on the future of Colorado’s death penalty.
Our Colorado Springs murder defense law firm knows that a person’s life and future are on the line when they are faced with the most severe of charges. We explore every avenue to help the cause of our clients who are fighting for their lives or to avoid a life sentence.
Source: The Denver Post, “Death-penalty foes turn up heat on Gov. Hickenlooper,” John Ingold, March 12, 2013