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Federal prosecutors won’t seek death penalty for Planned Parenthood gunman

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press Federal prosecutors said Wednesday they will not seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing three people and injuring nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado in 2015. U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn submitted a one-sentence notice of the decision concerning Robert Dear that did not […]

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Silverman: Plea bargaining with capital punishment as leverage is over now

Colorado’s death penalty died quietly last Monday. Public defenders, Pope Francis, progressive prosecutors and John Hickenlooper paved the way.  But it was Jared Polis who got it done.  Gov. Polis made the abolition official amidst our COVID-19 crisis. Paradoxically, one day after clearing Colorado’s death row — and commuting those sentences to life in prison […]

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Governor signs bill abolishing Colorado’s death penalty, commutes sentences of state’s 3 death row inmates

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday signed into law a bill abolishing Colorado’s death penalty, simultaneously commuting the sentences of the three men on the state’s death row. Polis converted the death sentences of Nathan Dunlap, Robert Ray and Sir Mario Owens to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The governor’s decision marks one […]

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Opinion: Hickenlooper’s indecision could sink the Democrats’ ship in Colorado

Coloradans are waking up in each corner of the state wondering where John Hickenlooper is. As the Colorado Springs Gazette editorialized, the former governor’s primary campaign for U.S. Senate is floundering, with little momentum. Hickenlooper may not be quite as gaffe-prone as Joe Biden, but he’s within scoring distance.  The former governor isn’t exactly in […]

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Jared Polis can commute the sentences of Colorado’s three death row inmates at any time

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis could use his broad powers to commute the sentences of the three men on the state’s death row today.  In fact, he could have converted their death sentences to life-in-prison immediately after taking office in January 2019.  But Polis has sidestepped questions about how he will handle their cases, which became […]

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Colorado lawmakers move closer to repealing death penalty after emotional debate

The deep and emotional tension surrounding a bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado came alive on the Senate floor in a six-hour debate Thursday. “By having the death penalty in Colorado, we are saying to the people that murdering is wrong –– unless the state does it,” said Sen. Julie Gonzales, a Denver […]

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Six big takeaways from The Colorado Sun’s forum with Gov. Jared Polis and top state lawmakers

Gov. Jared Polis and four top state lawmakers gathered at a forum hosted by The Colorado Sun on Monday evening to talk about the 2019 legislative session. But they also dove into current events, including last week’s deadly shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch and the resignation Sunday of state Rep. Rochelle Galindo. The […]

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8 pivotal moments that defined the 2019 legislative session in Colorado

The 2019 legislative session is one of the most consequential in recent memory — both in terms of the policy shifts under Democratic control and the drama at the state Capitol. From the first month, major legislation created huge fights between liberal and conservative lawmakers and even tension among Democrats as the party claimed its […]