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Hickenlooper grants reprieve to death row inmate Nathan Dunlap (Colorado)
7 News the Denver Channel ^ | May 22, 2013 | Thomas Hendrick and Eli Stokols

Posted on 05/22/2013 9:48:39 PM PDT by beaversmom

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper decided Wednesday to grant a reprieve to convicted killer Nathan Dunlap, who was set to be executed in August for killing four people at a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant.

The temporary reprieve comes in the form of an executive order signed by Hickenlooper. It will delay Dunalp’s execution indefinitely.

The reprieve can only be lifted with another executive order, and Hickenlooper said at a 2 p.m. news conference it’s highly unlikely he will revisit the issue again. That means it would be up to his successor to decide to stay the execution or allow it to resume.

“This weighed on me heavily for a year,” Hickenlooper said in explaining his decision to reporters. He spoke slowly and deliberately.

“I could not find the justice in making” a decision to allow Dunlap to die, he said.

Hickenlooper said he believes capital punishment is inequitable and added, “If the state has to take responsibility of executing someone, the system must be flawless.” He also noted the number of states in the US, and countries around the world, that have decided to outlaw capital punishment.

In an interview with FOX31 Denver after the press conference, Hickenlooper acknowledged being lobbied by death penalty opponents the world over — he got a phone call from Archbishop Desmond Tutu earlier this year — and being convinced that the death penalty is bad policy.

“If it’s not a deterrent, and if in many cases it’s not providing closure, and at the cost of a fortune to the state, why are we doing it?” Hickenlooper said.

This from a governor who, back in March, blocked legislation that sought to repeal Colorado’s death penalty outright. Hickenlooper, ever focused on process, said at the time that state had yet to weigh in on the issue.

In his Executive Order, he states that he believes his decision will continue the statewide discussion on the issue.

“This wasn’t the right thing to do, politically,” Hickenlooper said. “We’ve made a lot of people mad. But I tried to get all the information I could and immerse myself and really try to come to a place where this is the right decision, not just for me, but for Colorado.

“And I feel very centered in that. Long-term, I think this is the right decision for Colorado.”

Before the news conference, Hickenlooper met with families of Dunlap’s victims. He admitted that they were “disappointed” with his decision.

Immediately after Hickenlooper’s decision was made public, both sides of the capital punishment debate gave their opinions.

House Minority Leader Mark Waller released a statement calling Hickenlooper’s decision disappointing.

“It’s a failure in leadership that is illustrative of the Governor’s unwillingness to make the difficult decisions Coloradans expect him to make,” Waller said.

“The Governor’s executive order strips victims and their families of the justice they deserve. For twenty years, victims’ families have worked within our legal system to see justice delivered. The Governor’s reprieve does a disservice not only to the victims’ families, but also to the jurors who convicted Dunlap and to the people of Colorado.”

State Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, who is considering challenging Hickenlooper in 2014, also attended the governor’s press conference and criticized the decision afterward.

“This was the worst possible decision,” Brophy said. “t was completely gutless, another example of a lack of leadership from Gov. Hickenlooper. He puts this off to somebody else to solve this problem.”

Dunlap’s attorney’s sent a statement supporting Hickenlooper’s decision saying: “We agree with Governor Hickenlooper’s well-reasoned decision to grant Nathan Dunlap a reprieve and indefinitely stay his execution. There has been widespread and diverse support from hundreds of people and organizations in Colorado who support permanently commuting Nathan Dunlap’s sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.”

The Archbishop of Denver also gave a statement of support and went a step further saying now is the moment for Colorado to repeal the death penalty.

“When will Americans open their eyes to recognize that violence only begets violence? We who stood for the life of Nathan Dunlap should work together to end violence undertaken in our state, in the womb, and in our hearts,” Rev. Samuel J. Aquila wrote in a statement.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: dunlap; hickenlooper
Related:

Video: DA George Brauchler expresses outrage at Gov. Hickenlooper’s decision on Nathan Dunlap

http://photos.denverpost.com/2013/05/22/video-da-george-brauchler-expresses-outrage-at-gov-hickenloopers-decision-on-nathan-dunlap/

1 posted on 05/22/2013 9:48:39 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Chickenlooper must go.


2 posted on 05/22/2013 9:50:57 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: beaversmom

Democrats grant life to killers, and steal freedom from the law abiding, and cut the spines of babies.

Truer monsters there never were.

God damn them all.


3 posted on 05/22/2013 9:52:36 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: beaversmom

Colorado needs to Cowboy Up and throw these liberal interlopers out the door.


4 posted on 05/22/2013 9:54:09 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: chris37

Yup.


5 posted on 05/22/2013 9:54:29 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: beaversmom

Well, of course he did. He’s a leftist anti-gun RAT.


6 posted on 05/22/2013 9:54:32 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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As I’ve said prior, I hope Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, Karl Rove, and any other piece of crap that stuck their nose in it—frickin’ outsiders—are very happy they denigrated and bad mouthed Tom Tancredo every chance they got in 2010 and prior.


7 posted on 05/22/2013 9:54:47 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Ya’ll in CO have a real douschebag for a governor!


8 posted on 05/22/2013 9:55:04 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: chris37
Truer monsters there never were.

God damn them all.

Truer words there never were!

9 posted on 05/22/2013 9:56:00 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Ironically, the Democrat mice who elected the scumbag Hickenlooper are the same mice most likely to reap the rewards of this decision: More brazen murders in the concentrated Democrat parasite nests (”cities”). Congratulations to them.


10 posted on 05/22/2013 9:56:14 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: wjcsux
Ya’ll in CO have a real douschebag for a governor!

He's also where you utilize that tool!

11 posted on 05/22/2013 9:57:55 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
As I’ve said prior, I hope Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, Karl Rove, and any other piece of crap that stuck their nose in it—frickin’ outsiders—are very happy they denigrated and bad mouthed Tom Tancredo every chance they got in 2010 and prior.

Tom Tancredo? Respectfully...no thanks, we conservatives can, and should do much, much better.

.

12 posted on 05/22/2013 9:59:07 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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More convenient link for outrage from DA.

Video: DA George Brauchler expresses outrage at Gov. Hickenlooper’s decision on Nathan Dunlap

13 posted on 05/22/2013 10:00:01 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

The press has time to interview politicians and clergy, but not talk to the parents of the murdered victim....puke


14 posted on 05/22/2013 10:03:03 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Seaplaner

He is what we had in 2010 and he had the best shot after all the Republicans imploded. He was doing very well and if people hadn’t been badmouthing him, we wouldn’t have gun control right now and we wouldn’t have this travesty and a half-dozen other things with an out of control Dem legislature and governor.


15 posted on 05/22/2013 10:03:39 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

I wanted to post a more balanced article...it was a Denver source, but from the AP. I don’t think we can post AP stuff here. I’ll share the link though for further reading if anyone is interested:

Gov. Hickenlooper Delays Nathan Dunlap’s Execution
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/05/22/gov-hickenlooper-delays-nathan-dunlaps-execution/


16 posted on 05/22/2013 10:05:39 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

I guess the four people murdered at the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant weren’t family to the Chickenpoop.


17 posted on 05/22/2013 10:08:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: beaversmom
do white guys get reprieves, or is this just for blacks....?

20 yrs living after murdering 4....does ...not...seem...right...

18 posted on 05/22/2013 10:11:51 PM PDT by cherry
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To: FlingWingFlyer; BookmanTheJanitor; All
If anyone would like to read about the victims their stories are here. If anyone cares. This is what Chickenlooper reprieved today.

Aurora's Other Massacre Victims' 20-Year Wait for Justice

Excerpt:

Marjorie and Bob Crowell's 19-year-old daughter Sylvia Crowell was killed at the Chuck E. Cheese's shooting on Dec. 14, 1993. It was closing time and Sylvia was cleaning the salad bar when Nathan Dunlap, also 19, came up behind her and shot her in the head. Dunlap had recently been fired from the restaurant.

He went on to kill Ben Grant, 17, as he cleaned nearby and Colleen O'Connor, 17, who was cleaning the rowdy restaurant's quiet room for adults when Dunlap approached her. She begged for her life, but he showed no mercy. Dunlap also killed the restaurant's 50-year-old manager Margaret Kohlberg.

All four died from gunshot wounds to the head.

He also shot Bobby Stephens in the jaw and Stephens, 20 at the time, was the sole survivor.

"We have missed her terribly and we just wonder why somebody would do that," Bob Crowell, 77, told ABCNews.com. "She hadn't done anything to hurt anybody."

Marjorie Crowell, 71, noted that this December will be the 19th anniversary of their daughter's death and Sylvia was 19 when she was killed.


19 posted on 05/22/2013 10:18:44 PM PDT by beaversmom
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“She was killed in 1993 and it was a long time before the trial occurred,” Crowell said. “It seems that we have to suffer a little more every time there’s a delay and every time there’s something else happening. We’re interested in what’s happening, but it’s still trying on our patience and it saddens us every time we think about it.”


20 posted on 05/22/2013 10:21:18 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

This is a disgrace. I feel so bad for the families. DemocRATS really don’t care about families so I can see why Gov. Chickenpoop did this.


21 posted on 05/22/2013 10:23:06 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: beaversmom

Nathan Dunlap, Colorado death row no more

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1048&bih=594&q=Nathan+Dunlap&oq=Nathan+Dunlap&gs_l=img.12..0l8j0i24l2.2524.2524.0.7238.1.1.0.0.0.0.102.102.0j1.1.0...0.0...1ac..14.img._nuXnG70D1Q


22 posted on 05/22/2013 10:27:58 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: beaversmom

What a beautiful girl! I don’t know how parents survive that kind of loss. Chickenlooper seems to have as much conscience as Kermit Gosnell.


23 posted on 05/22/2013 10:32:45 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: truth_seeker; EDINVA; FlingWingFlyer; BookmanTheJanitor

Thank you for that link truth_seeker. Found this from your Google search. I wish this interview had been longer:

Sole survivor in Nathan Dunlap shooting recounts experience
http://www.9news.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=335093&catid=222


24 posted on 05/22/2013 10:35:54 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: EDINVA
I don’t know how parents survive that kind of loss.

I don't know either. I think I would have to check out. I really don't think I could handle it.

25 posted on 05/22/2013 10:36:59 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Yes. Even if I had to live, such a deep part of me would have also died, I don’t know how I’d carry on. Guess they have to literally take life one day at a time and think in terms of eternity. This decision by Chickenlooper had to be such a blow, maybe last straw.


26 posted on 05/22/2013 10:39:01 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: beaversmom

What a coward this scum bag Hickenlooper is. As well as the scum turd killer who cowardly killed these poor people at the Chuck-E-Cheese. What a nightmare for the victims families. This is the reason why people feel so helpless and see the need to take justice into their own hands.

Justice delayed is justice denied. Perhaps he will get shived in General Population.


27 posted on 05/22/2013 11:03:14 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: ThunderSleeps

ChickenPooper lives up to his name...


28 posted on 05/22/2013 11:30:51 PM PDT by GraceG
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Victim’s Mom: Chuck E. Cheese Killer Should Be Executed

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/05/14/victims-mom-chuck-e-cheese-killer-should-be-executed/

Hickenlooper thumbed his nose at her pleas.


29 posted on 05/22/2013 11:32:23 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
That means it would be up to his successor to decide to stay the execution or allow it to resume.

Unless Hick-Looper pulls a Clinton, and commutes it fully to life as he leaves office.

30 posted on 05/22/2013 11:45:51 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: chris37

“He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.”—Proverb 17:15

Kinda sounds like what you said.


31 posted on 05/23/2013 12:53:03 AM PDT by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: beaversmom

Gungrabbers are soft on crime. If they had their way here a life sentence would not be allowed.


32 posted on 05/23/2013 2:22:47 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: beaversmom

Recall Chickenlooper


33 posted on 05/23/2013 2:45:56 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Seaplaner
we conservatives can, and should do much, much better.

Like Dan Maes?

34 posted on 05/23/2013 2:47:53 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: chris37

God will do as He sees fit. By the way, He also frowns on those taking His name in vain.


35 posted on 05/23/2013 2:51:27 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: beaversmom

May God judge Hickenlooper for choosing to side with the murderer.


36 posted on 05/23/2013 4:06:19 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: beaversmom

Colorado... the satan state. No offense to the good people still there but it is true.

LLS


37 posted on 05/23/2013 4:37:11 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: beaversmom
Hickenlooper said he believes capital punishment is inequitable and added, “If the state has to take responsibility of executing someone, the system must be flawless.” . . . “If it’s not a deterrent, and if in many cases it’s not providing closure, and at the cost of a fortune to the state, why are we doing it?” Hickenlooper said.

I see no reason to demand "flawless". This evil thug was certainly guilty of murder. The fact that we don't catch all murderers or that not all murderers leave enough evidence to get the death penalty is irrelevant to the reality that this particular murderer left enough evidence and a jury chose that penalty. Hickenlooper is disappointing.

38 posted on 05/23/2013 5:35:07 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: antceecee

So I’ve heard.


39 posted on 05/23/2013 8:08:28 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: avenir

Except that I neither justified the wicked nor condemned the righteous though, right?


40 posted on 05/23/2013 8:09:43 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: beaversmom

This case is flawless, CHICKENPOOPER! Idiot.


41 posted on 05/23/2013 8:19:22 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: beaversmom

“When will Americans open their eyes to recognize that violence only begets violence?”

What an idiot. So this guy killed 4 people because CO allows executions?


42 posted on 05/23/2013 8:22:52 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: chris37

I didn’t word that well. Your statement—”Democrats grant life to killers, and steal freedom from the law abiding...”—recalled the truth of that Scripture. I was in agreement.


43 posted on 05/27/2013 8:02:21 AM PDT by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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