It was a foregone conclusion that Gov. Jared Polis would sign a bill this week repealing the death penalty in Colorado, but what he did next came as a gut-punch to Democratic state Sen. Rhonda Fields. After signing the legislation Monday, the governor, a Democrat, went a step further by commuting the sentences of the state’s three death row inmates to life in prison without the possibility of parole — including the two men convicted of killing Ms. Fields’ son Javad Fields and his fiancee, Vivian Wolfe. For Ms. Fields, who for nine years has led the legislative battle against her fellow Democrats pushing to eliminate capital punishment in the state, said the commutations represented “the unthinkable bait and switch.” “In a stroke of a pen Gov Polis hijacks justice and undermines our criminal justice system,” Ms. Fields tweeted. The law goes into effect July 1, so it does not apply to inmates already convicted and sentenced to death, or even to those who have been charged with capital offenses. In that case, why commute the sentences? Mr. Polis said his decision was not based on evidence of “extraordinary change” in the three offenders: Sir Mario Owens and Robert Ray, who were convicted of murder in the 2005 deaths of Fields and Wolfe; and Nathan Dunlap, who carried out the 1993 Chuck E. Cheese massacre. “Rather, the commutations of these despicable and guilty individuals are consistent with the abolition of the death penalty in the state of Colorado and consistent with the recognition that the death penalty cannot be, and never has been, administered equitably in the state of Colorado,” Mr. Polis said
Most of us here in sunny Colorado are furious about what Gov. Jared Polis (D) has done with respect to the death penalty here. It’s so bad, that a Democrat State Senator, Rhonda Fields, is even pissed off. Colorado used to be a purple state, politically. But, now the extreme Boulder liberals control all three branches at the state capital in Denver. And, this is what happens when Dems are in control. They get rid of the death penalty and commute the sentences of duly convicted and sentenced (by the people) murderers, impose so-called “Red Flag” laws on law-abiding gun owners, raise taxes, and on and on. Hopefully enough Coloradans will come to their senses and throw some of these Democrat legislators out on their butts in November.
Colorado House lawmakers on Tuesday voted to repeal the state’s death penalty after a lengthy 11-hour debate, clearing one of the last hurdles before the controversial bill becomes law. The vote from bleary-eyed lawmakers finally came around 4 a.m. after Republicans repeatedly tried to slow the process by making lengthy speeches or bringing unsuccessful amendments up for a vote. Republican Rep. Steve Humphrey spent nearly 40 minutes reading from the Bible. At one point, Republicans forced two hours of debate on whether voters, not lawmakers, should be able to decide whether capital punishment should be legalized in the state. “I’m not going to dodge the hard issues by sending them to the people,” Rep. Jeni Arndt, the sponsor of the repeal bill, said. “We are the people.” Among the Republicans that held up the vote was Rep Lori Saine. “One side of this assembly defended families and victims,” the Denver Post reported her saying. “One side defended criminals.” No Republicans supported the repeal. Democrats have a 17-vote advantage in the House. The bill, which cleared the Senate last month, needs one final vote from the House, which could happen as early as Wednesday. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has indicated he will sign it into law. This year marks the seventh time Colorado’s legislature has wrestled with the death penalty issue. When signed, the law would apply to offenses on or after July 1 and would not apply to the three men currently on Colorado’s death row. Only one person has been executed by the state of Colorado since the reintroduction of capital punishment in 1977. Gary Lee Davis, a convicted murderer and rapist, was executed by lethal injection in 1997
This is just awful… And the arrogance of Democrat state Rep. Jeni Arndt to saying that she and her Dem colleagues are “the people.” No, Ma’am. You’re a representative of your district in Colorado. You do NOT speak for all the people in the state. She fears that such a vote on a ballot to repeal the death penalty would probably fail. This is the kind of thing that happens when Dems are in control. They raise taxes, take away your freedoms, and fight to protect criminals; not their victims. Remember this come November..
A man who spent nearly 25 years on Missouri’s death row was executed Tuesday for the kidnapping, rape and stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl. Roderick Nunley, 50, became the sixth death row inmate to be put to death in Missouri this year. During the execution, his breathing became labored for a few seconds. He briefly opened his mouth before becoming still. He was pronounced dead at 9:09 p.m. CDT. “Despite openly admitting his guilt to the court, it has taken 25 years to get him to the execution chamber,” Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said in a statement. “Nunley’s case offers a textbook example showing why society is so frustrated with a system that has become too cumbersome.” Ann Harrison’s disappearance and death haunted the Kansas City area in March 1989. She was waiting for a school bus on her driveway, 20 yards from her front door, when Nunley and Michael Taylor drove by in a stolen car and made the spur-of-the-moment decision to abduct her. Her body was found in the trunk of the abandoned car three days later. Both men were sentenced to death in 1991. Taylor was executed last year. Of 20 executions nationally in 2015, all but four have been in Missouri and Texas. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday denied a clemency request for Nunley, filed by death penalty opponents, asserting that racial bias played a role in the case because a prosecutor refused a plea deal that would have given Nunley life in prison without parole. Nunley was black, as was Taylor, while the victim was white. The U.S. Supreme Court, meanwhile, denied several appeals from Nunley’s attorney, including one claiming that the death penalty amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Retired Kansas City detective Pete Edlund said the only thing cruel and unusual was how long Nunley and Taylor remained on death row. “They just take forever to do the deed,” Edlund told The Associated Press. “The delay in executing these two is just nuts because it didn’t have anything to do with their guilt. It was legal mumbo jumbo nonsense.” According to prosecutors, Nunley and Taylor binged on cocaine and stole a car in the pre-dawn hours of March 22, 1989. At one point, a police officer from neighboring Lee’s Summit chased the car but was called off by a supervisor when the stolen car crossed into Kansas City. Later that morning, the men were driving around Kansas City when they saw Ann, her school books and flute on the ground beside her. “They were just cruising and she’s out at the driveway waiting for the school bus,” Edlund said. The girl’s mother had stepped inside to get a younger daughter ready for school. When she heard the bus, she looked outside. The books and flute were still there, but Ann was gone. “She knew something was wrong,” Edlund said. Taylor and Nunley had grabbed the girl and taken her to Nunley’s mother’s home. She was raped and sodomized, then stabbed repeatedly in the stomach and neck. Taylor and Nunley put the girl’s body in the trunk of the stolen car, then abandoned it in a residential area. The body was found three days later. Edlund said the case was cracked months later when a man in jail for robbery — and seeking a $10,000 reward in the case — turned in Taylor and Nunley. Both men confessed, and some of Ann’s hair was found in carpeting at the home where the crime occurred. Edlund said Ann’s father was a former reserve officer with the Police Department, and her uncle was a Kansas City officer.
Another piece of garbage properly put down. Outstanding!! It’s hard to imagine that it took a quarter century for justice to finally be meted out. As many of you know, we tend to NOT do the whole crime blotter thing here at The Daily Buzz. There is the evening news for that sorta thing. That said, we sometimes post stories like this to illustrate, or address, a bigger point. In this case, it is just how broke our criminal justice system is. These two maggots did the crime, had their trials and appeals which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and even confessed right up front! Then, it takes over two DECADES to finally put them down?!? Seriously? Well, we’re glad to finally see Missouri showing leadership by doing the right thing and executing this disgusting animal for this horrific crime. Missouri is second only to Texas in the numbers of executions it has performed this year.