No More Death Penalty?

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Family and Friends of unsolved-murder victims are asking Colorado lawmakers to eliminate the death penalty and use the money to focus on cold cases instead.

The House Judiciary Committee scheduled a debate Monday on a bill that would do that. The legislation would shift funds currently used to prosecute death-penalty cases to deal with the growing backlog of more than 1,400 unsolved homicides that have stymied local investigators since 1970.

Death penalty cases are expensive because the court process is complicated and usually involves multiple appeals.

In 2007, a similar bill passed the house judiciary committee but lost on the house floor under intense pressure from District Attorneys and the State Attorney General.


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  • by Hank Location: gj on Feb 24, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    Use the death penalty find another way to find money for cold cases
  • by Stuart Location: Grand Junction on Feb 23, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    This is just silly. Who says the money has to come from the Death Penalty Fund? Take it from somewhere else. Death Penalty/Cold Cases is not necessarily an either/or decision unless you make it so.
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