capital punishment

Colorado Republicans Celebrate China’s Quickie Executions

Colorado Republicans Celebrate China’s Quickie Executions
Debate over the death penalty in Colorado continues this election year, as Republican work to make Gov. John Hickenlooper's granting of a temporary reprieve to "Chuck E. Cheese Killer" Nathan Dunlap a campaign issue. A recent interview leaked by a conservative news outlet, as one example, quotes Hickenlooper as considering a full commutation of Dunlap's sentence — along with the governor's growing belief that the death penalty in Colorado (as elsewhere) is no longer a just punishment. The Republican outrage quickly worked itself into ridiculousness.
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Federal Judge: Capital Punishment 'Cruel and Unusual'

Federal Judge: Capital Punishment 'Cruel and Unusual'
A California federal judge ruled this week that the state's death penalty, which has created long delays and uncertainty for inmates, violates California's ban on 'cruel and unusual' punishment, rendering capital punishment unconstitutional. The ACLU notes this is the first such ruling, but certainly won't be the last.
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CA Prop 34: Keeping Death Row Inmates Alive Against Their Will

Reporting on the font page of the San Francisco Chronicle today, Bob Egelko finally says what many of us who visit San Quentin prison have known for months: most of California’s death row inmates oppose Proposition 34 — the voter initiative on this November’s ballot that would abolish capital punishment and replace it with Life With Out Parole (LWOP) even retroactively. Yes that’s right, prisoners who face a lethal injection unless a court overturns their death sentence or conviction are opposed to a law that would immediately accomplish what many of them have been litigating to achieve for years, the removal of their death sentence.
That is so counter-intuitive to what most people believe about capital punishment that its worth repeating. People on death row, not just folks in an abstract all night dorm room discussion about whether death or LWOP is worse, but folks actually condemned to die, prefer to continue with their death sentence.
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