Death Penalty: A Complicated Issue for Colorado

February 9 2009, 10:58 AM

In an editorial over the weekend, The Denver Post took a stand against Colorado's death penalty, calling it "fiscally (and morally) wrong," touching on a complex debate triggered when state House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann, a Louisville Democrat, re-introduced a bill to do away with the penalty in order to create funds so that investigators can aggressively pursue unsolved murders. While Republican Attorney General John Suthers argues the death penalty is a necessary deterrent, particularly in places like prisons, where murderers might be serving life sentences, the Post argues there is "little evidence that the death penalty discourages violent crime." New Mexico is also considering abolishing the death penalty, according to 4News. It's not an easy debate, as 5280's Patrick Doyle and Natasha Gardner noted in "The Politics of Killing," which recently explored the circumstances surrounding Nathan Dunlap, who has spent 15 years on death row following the Chuck E. Cheese massacre in Aurora. Also check out this 5280.com exclusive--a guide to understanding capital punishment in Colorado.

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