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Bill to Abolish the Death Penalty in Colorado Introduced

Offered by: Brighton Resident Gregory R. McMahon, Esq.

Every session of the Colorado General Assembly has some bills that are hotly debated. This session will be no different because SB20-100 has been introduced and will be considered this session. This bill, if passed, would abolish the death penalty for any crimes charged after July 1, 2020. This bill would not affect any current death penalty cases that are pending in Colorado.

On January 9, 2020, the Denver Post reported that there were enough votes to pass this bill. If passed, it would go to the desk of Governor Polis, who has in the past been a strong opponent of the death penalty.

Here is some background on the death penalty in Colorado: There are currently only three people on death row in the state. Even if the Governor signs SB20-100 into law, it will not affect the fate of these current death row inmates. Attorneys representing them would have to file a clemency request with Governor Polis who would decide whether or not to commute the sentence to life in prison. The last execution in Colorado was back in 1997 when Gary Lee Davis was executed by lethal injection.

The author is not taking a position on this bill. The intent is simply to provide Adams County residents with information on this bill. Readers with strong positions on this bill may, of course, contact their representative in the Colorado General Assembly.

The information in this article is not legal advice nor does it constitute an attorney-client relationship.

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