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Category Archives: Death Penalty

12.2.16

ACLU of Colorado Statement on George Brauchler’s Decision to Seek the Death Penalty in the Johnson Case

Statement of ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley: “The ACLU of Colorado is disappointed by Arapahoe County DA George Brauchler’s decision to pursue the death penalty in yet another case, an outlier decision in direct contradiction to movement across Colorado and the rest of the country away from spending limited resources in the pursuit of death. The death penalty is expensive and arbitrary, and every costly trial perpetuates a broken, racially-biased system that can.... | Read More

2.10.16

ACLU Testimony on SB 64 – Bill to Allow Death Sentences from Non-Unanimous Juries

ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley presented the following testimony to the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to SB 64, a bill that would have allowed death sentences to be given by non-unanimous juries.  The bill was defeated. Thank you, Madam Chair.  My name is Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Executive Director of the ACLU of Colorado, and I testify in opposition to Senate Bill 64. There are only three states that currently allow non-unanimous juries in.... | Read More

9.14.15

ACLU of Colorado Statement on new Better Priorities Initiative poll on the death penalty in Colorado

“The poll released today by the Better Priorities Initiative confirms what we had suspected to be true; namely that Coloradans have grown uncomfortable with the failed experiment of the death penalty. Given the clear racial and geographical disparities in its application, fair-minded Coloradans are showing they are ready to move forward toward sensible criminal justice policies that actually serve us all. Additionally the poll would suggest that there’s a shift among the public as displayed.... | Read More

8.7.15

Statement of Denise Maes, Policy Director, ACLU of Colorado on Aurora Theater Shooting Sentencing Verdict

August 7, 2015 “Today’s verdict in the Aurora Theater shooting trial means that James Holmes will spend the rest of his life behind bars. It is the appropriate and harsh punishment for his crimes. “The jury recognized that executing someone with severe mental illness is morally and legally indefensible. It is fortunate that Colorado will not be in the terrible position of having to do so. Furthermore, this verdict means the victims and their family members will be spared from years of.... | Read More

5.27.15

Statement on Nebraska Death Penalty Abolition from Better Priorities Initiative

Statement from Better Priorities Initiative on Abolition of the Death Penalty by the State of Nebraska (ACLU of Colorado is a founding member of Better Priorities Initiative, a statewide coalition to end the death penalty in Colorado.) “We applaud the state of Nebraska today for officially abolishing their death penalty.  Their citizens and lawmakers have recognized that the death penalty is broken.  It does not deter crime or make us safer.  It prolongs the healing for victims and their.... | Read More

3.6.14

Statement from ACLU Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley on DA Brauchler’s Decision to End Death Penalty Pursuit in Montour Trial

“The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is encouraged by 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler’s decision to end his lengthy and expensive pursuit of the death penalty in the trial of Edward Montour. “We also recognize the courage of Robert Autobee, who spoke out against the deep flaws in Colorado’s death penalty from a unique and extremely personal perspective.  Thankfully, Robert Autobee and his family will now be afforded the closure they have sought for more than.... | Read More

2.24.14

Statement of ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein on the US Supreme Court’s Decision to Keep Files Sealed in Capital Case against Sir Mario Owens

February 24, 2014 “It is baffling that Colorado courts and now the U.S Supreme Court have continued to deny the public access to the transcripts and other records of a death penalty case that was concluded six years ago. “The records of criminal cases, especially where the government seeks an execution, must be open to public review and scrutiny. With questions nationwide and here in Colorado about the deep systematic flaws in administration of the death penalty, these trials should not.... | Read More

10.10.13

Organizations call on CO to end unjust & expensive death penalty

Faith, Social Justice, and Civil Rights Organizations call on Colorado to End Unjust and Expensive Death Penalty Coalition releases new data comparing added costs of death penalty trials with cuts to public priorities and services (more…) | Read More

7.25.13

Statement of ACLU-CO Deputy Director on Denver DA’S Decision to Seek Death Penalty in Fero’s Case

Statement of ACLU of Colorado Deputy Director Stephen Meswarb on Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey’s decision to seek the death penalty in the Fero’s bar case “The ACLU of Colorado is disappointed by Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey’s decision to pursue the death penalty in this case. The death penalty is immoral, unjust, and expensive, and every execution and death warrant perpetuates an arbitrary system that can and does make irreversible mistakes. “When prosecutors.... | Read More

5.22.13

Statement of ACLU-CO Executive Director on Hickenlooper’s Decision to Grant Reprieve to Dunlap

May 22, 2013 “The ACLU of Colorado applauds the Governor for recognizing real inequities in the death penalty and for acting affirmatively to halt movement towards execution of Nathan Dunlap. “Killing Nathan Dunlap would do nothing to prevent crime, add to public safety, or bring back the lives that were lost. There will never be a way to guarantee a fair and just death penalty, and every execution perpetuates an arbitrary system that can and does make irreversible mistakes. “The.... | Read More





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