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Abolishing the Death Penalty to Solve Murders?

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Paul Weissmann, the Democratic leader of Colorado’s House, will introduce a controversial bill next week to abolish the state’s death penalty. That’s according to The Denver Post, which points out that top prosecutors, like Republican Attorney General John Suthers, are opposed, despite an interesting twist. Weissmann, citing the high cost of prosecuting capital punishment cases, would like to use the savings to help fund police efforts to solve Colorado’s 1,300 “cold cases.” It’s perhaps another way that Nathan Dunlap, on death row for the Chuck E. Cheese massacre in Aurora, could be spared. The other is via Governor Bill Ritter, as Patrick Doyle and Natasha Gardner wrote in a recent edition of 5280.

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