The sponsor of a measure to repeal the death penalty in Colorado says he’s hopeful that his bill will pass the legislature this time around. House Bill 1274 cleared the house judiciary committee on a party line vote late last month, but won’t be up for debate for another few weeks. The bill would eliminate the death penalty and use the savings to investigate unsolved murders. Currently two people sit on Colorado’s death row. Critics of the bill say the possibility of receiving the death penalty is necessary to deter crimes. Bente Birkeland sat down with the sponsor to discuss the measure.

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2 Responses to Repealing the Death Penalty in Colorado

  1. Cheryl says:

    Why do we bother to vote on anything?? It just gets overturned by our sneaky politicians and court actions. Voting has become a joke. It doesn’t matter what anyone votes for because some special interest group will keep at it until they get their way in spite of majority voting against or for something. Just plain BS.

  2. Politically incorrect says:

    I agree. We voted for the death penalty. I for one believe it is not stringently enough enforced, and yet these people will not give up. it’s not about majority rules. its about getting your own way, and if you lose continuing to beat the dead horse until it gets up and runs again.

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