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Author : Scot Kersgaard

Attorneys, Scholars Raise Questions about Constitutionality of Colorado Death Penalty

Attorneys, Scholars Raise Questions about Constitutionality of Colorado Death Penalty

Colorado’s death penalty is not only massively expensive, critics say it is also unconstitutional because it is so randomly sought....

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February 27, 2013 Center Well, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics, Top Stories
As Salazar Heads Back to Colorado, Friends and Foes Reflect on His Time at Interior

As Salazar Heads Back to Colorado, Friends and Foes Reflect on His Time at Interior

Like any good -- or bad -- Secretary of the Interior, Colorado’s Ken Salazar will leave Washington in a few weeks with a long list of both friends and enemies. Thing is though, they’re pretty much the same friends and...

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February 17, 2013 Center Well, Environment/Energy, Politics
Colorado’s Death Penalty: Spending Millions to Execute Almost No One

Colorado’s Death Penalty: Spending Millions to Execute Almost No One

With a bill to repeal the death penalty likely to be introduced in the 2013 Colorado Legislature, there are bound to be philosophical arguments about the merits of capital punishment. One thing that seems beyond debate, though, is that...

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February 7, 2013 Center Well, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics
Patrick Kennedy Looking to Restart Colorado Dialog on Legalizing Weed

Patrick Kennedy Looking to Restart Colorado Dialog on Legalizing Weed

You might think the issue of marijuana legalization had been settled, at least as far as Coloradans were concerned. Turns out some people aren't so sure, and one of them is former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy....

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January 14, 2013 Center Well, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Health, Politics
Boulder Rep. Levy Drafting Bill to Repeal Death Penalty

Boulder Rep. Levy Drafting Bill to Repeal Death Penalty

State Rep. Claire Levy this week told The Colorado Independent she is writing a bill to eliminate the death penalty in Colorado. Levy, D-Boulder, said she will introduce the bill if she is satisfied it will have a strong chance...

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December 21, 2012 Center Well, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics
Coffman backs move to force feds to respect states’ rights on marijuana

Coffman backs move to force feds to respect states’ rights on marijuana

Colorado U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette introduced legislation today that would exempt states from federal laws banning the sale, possession and use of small amounts of marijuana by adults. The bill so far is being co-sponsored by Colorado Democrat...

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November 16, 2012 Center Well, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics, Top Stories
Boulder County prosecutor dropping marijuana cases

Boulder County prosecutor dropping marijuana cases

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett announced today via Twitter that his office would drop all pending prosecutions of adults for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and/or possession of marijuana paraphernalia....

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November 14, 2012 Center Well, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics
Colorado reps seek state exemption from federal pot prohibition laws

Colorado reps seek state exemption from federal pot prohibition laws

In the wake of this week's historic vote to legalize marijuana in Colorado, the state's three Democratic U.S. House members are drafting legislation aimed at easing the tension between the new state law and longstanding federal prohibition of the...

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November 10, 2012 Center Well, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics, Top Stories
Pot advocates expect Hickenlooper, Suthers to lead on legalization implementation

Pot advocates expect Hickenlooper, Suthers to lead on legalization implementation

As Governor John Hickenlooper prepares to speak today with United States Attorney General Eric Holder about how to proceed with implementing Amendment 64, which legalizes marijuana in Colorado, the measure's supporters say they want to see the governor stand up...

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November 9, 2012 Center Well, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics, Top Stories
With pot legalized, Colorado enters drug-policy brave new world

With pot legalized, Colorado enters drug-policy brave new world

America’s war on drugs got a lot more interesting Tuesday night as Colorado and Washington each voted to legalize marijuana use and possession by adults. Marijuana advocates promptly called the two measures “the beginning of the end” of marijuana...

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November 8, 2012 Center Well, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics, Top Stories

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Will the Colorado GOP block unaffiliated voters from its 2018 primaries? It seems unlikely but there’s a movement to do it

Last week, the Colorado Republican Party said it would take a vote next month to determine whether to scrap its June 2018 primary elections now […]

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