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Hickenlooper suggests full clemency an option if death penalty becomes too big an issue
The Complete Colorado ^ | Todd Shepherd

Posted on 08/25/2014 2:43:49 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit

Audio obtained by Complete Colorado has raised significant new issues regarding Governor John Hickenlooper’s stance on the death penalty.

In an interview with CNN earlier this year, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper suggested that if he does not win reelection, he could use his executive powers to overhaul Colorado’s death row with clemency. In particular, the Governor suggested these remedies were conditional – if his opponent turned the death penalty, or the Dunlap case in particular, into a “political football.”

In the audio, the unidentified CNN interviewer asks, “But it (the death penalty) is an issue. And, you know, some of your opponents immediately announced that they were going to run on a death penalty platform, um, and in a sense, are putting themselves out there, and not that I’m thinking specifically of (Tom) Tancredo but I believe there are probably others, who are saying, ‘Elect me, and we’ll kill this guy.’ Doesn’t that feel kind of like a lynch mob? I mean in some, in some sense?”

“Well we won’t let that happen, I mean, that’s obviously, that is — does, feel that way.” Hickenlooper interrupts. ”And, you know, if that becomes a political issue, in that context within a campaign, um, obviously there’s a period of time between the election and, and the end of the year where individuals can make decisions, such as a governor can.” (Audio begins at 19:56 in the embedded clip below.)

The news was broken Saturday morning on The Craig Silverman Show, 710 KNUS, after Complete Colorado obtained the audio tape of the full CNN interview via a Colorado Open Records Act request.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: colorado; deathpenalty; election; hickenlooper
I am sorry, but who is playing political football?
1 posted on 08/25/2014 2:43:49 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Colorado needs a new Guv/


2 posted on 08/25/2014 2:48:05 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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3 posted on 08/25/2014 2:48:58 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: george76; laplata

ping


4 posted on 08/25/2014 2:54:12 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Don’t forget that two representatives were removed from office and one forced to resign. Chickenpooper next?


5 posted on 08/25/2014 2:55:42 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

We had a “republican” governor here in Illinois who actually did what chickenpooper is threatening to do.


6 posted on 08/25/2014 3:00:21 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.)
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To: beaversmom

Thanks, beaversmom! Hick is in trouble, IMO. So is Udall.


7 posted on 08/25/2014 3:01:08 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

If this IDIOT releases any murderers,will someone please give them his address(and car-fare)to his house?Ok,I Will!!!!!!!


8 posted on 08/25/2014 3:09:17 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: bandleader

He isn’t saying he will commute the sentences to life, he is saying he will set them free guilt free.

But, given recent pronouncements by him that he didn’t really understand things before he acted or before he became governor, he probably doesn’t know what clemency means.


9 posted on 08/25/2014 3:11:42 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Graybeard58
We had a “republican” governor here in Illinois who actually did what chickenpooper is threatening to do.

Was that not because the GOP governor was about to do some hard time himself? And he figured a little street cred would do him some good behind the walls in Joliet?

Chickenpooper isn't quite in the same position...

10 posted on 08/25/2014 3:12:57 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

What’s the Dunlap case?


11 posted on 08/25/2014 3:23:08 PM PDT by Jrabbit
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To: Jrabbit

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_23299865/nathan-dunlap-temporary-reprieve-from-governor

http://murderpedia.org/male.D/d/dunlap-nathan.htm


12 posted on 08/25/2014 3:28:57 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: beaversmom; MileHi; dynachrome; Balata; bboop; BulletBobCo; Carley; ColoCowgirl; Colorado Doug; ...

Colorado Ping ( Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)


13 posted on 08/25/2014 3:43:08 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: okie01; Graybeard58
 We had a “republican” governor here in Illinois who actually did what chickenpooper is threatening to do 

Gov Ryan was about to go to prison for the "Licenses For Bribes" scandal. I don't recall that there was any evidence that he knew what was afoot, but it happened on his watch, and he was a Republican, so he was guilty.

The story regarding the death-row inmates is a little deeper. He didn't give them clemency. Rather, he commuted their sentences to life. This wasn't because of any anti-death-penalty belief on his part. A local law school had investigated some of the condemned prisoners' cases, and found quite a few miscarriages of justice. DNA testing (which had not been available when they were found guilty) proved that some of those on death row could not have committed the crimes.

The cops and prosecutors were shown to be either incompetent or corrupt (or both). The public lost faith in the ability of the Justice System to discern between innocent and guilty; so Ryan halted the executions.

Public comments made afterward by police and prosecutors did not help their public image. At least one prosecutor, when asked whether it bothered him that he had sent the wrong man to death row; stated, "We did our job. We convinced a jury that he was guilty".

Chilling.

14 posted on 08/25/2014 3:52:42 PM PDT by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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To: bandleader

Any Governor’s Mansion is easy to find.


15 posted on 08/25/2014 3:56:53 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

They only like the democratic process when it gives them what they want.


16 posted on 08/25/2014 4:09:17 PM PDT by LevinFan
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To: ican'tbelieveit

This guy hinklelooper sounds like a real maroon as bugs bunny would say. Please people of the great state of Colorado get rid of him.


17 posted on 08/25/2014 4:15:19 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: ican'tbelieveit

He didn’t say he would free them.

Also, reducing a sentence from Death to Life incarceration fits the definition of clemency.


“He isn’t saying he will commute the sentences to life, he is saying he will set them free guilt free.

But, given recent pronouncements by him that he didn’t really understand things before he acted or before he became governor, he probably doesn’t know what clemency means.”


18 posted on 08/25/2014 4:23:13 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: ChicagahAl

Thanks for the additional background; the story behind the story.


19 posted on 08/25/2014 4:24:49 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

So Hickenlooper is threatening the public if they don’t reelect him?

Once Republicans again control the office of the governor and the legislature, they need to remember this, and make it so that the governor cannot *unilaterally* commute, pardon or parole, or authorize clemency, unless it is first authorized by the state board of pardons and paroles.

This has already been done in other states that had governors who adamantly opposed the death penalty under any circumstance. So the power was taken away from them, without permission.


20 posted on 08/25/2014 4:27:24 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: musicman

Chickenlooper has soooo got to go in November.


21 posted on 08/25/2014 5:03:35 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: george76

If some islamist gives chickenchoker a short haircut for supporting homos I guess they can assume they wil get full clemancy. Am I missing some hipocracy?


22 posted on 08/25/2014 5:51:39 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Just doing laps around the sun and shaking my head that progressives can believe what they do!)
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To: laplata

Hickenlooper is KILLING Udall’s reelection chances. LOVE IT!

One Democrat asshole screwing another D. ahole. PRICELESS!


23 posted on 08/25/2014 5:55:08 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Less than two weeks before Christmas in 1993, Nathan Dunlap shot to death execution style three female and one male Chuck E. Cheese workers after the Denver area restaurant had closed for business that night. Two of those he slaughtered were 17 year old children (a boy and a girl) and the third was a 19 year female.

http://murderpedia.org/male.D/d/dunlap-nathan.htm

Hickenlooper has now stated gthat he’ll grant clemency to this mass murdered should be lose the election.


24 posted on 08/25/2014 5:56:51 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Hickenlooper is KILLING Udall’s reelection chances. LOVE IT!

One Democrat asshole screwing another D. ahole. PRICELESS!


Excellent points! Yep, gotta love it.


25 posted on 08/25/2014 6:03:05 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: jocon307
Please people of the great state of Colorado get rid of him.

I am afraid a lot of people in northern Colorado don't like this guy. He lost by 17% last time he ran for Governor. He is the designated loser put in to keep Tancredo out.

26 posted on 08/25/2014 6:48:15 PM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: Mount Athos

ok, fair enough. when i initially looked at the definitions, it was pointing to clemency being analogous to a pardon, while commuting the sentence being the life sentence.


27 posted on 08/25/2014 7:27:31 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: okie01

Former Governor Ryan of Illinois was not imprisoned at Joliet (a state facility) but rather at a federal facility, because he was convicted of federal charges in a federal court.


28 posted on 08/26/2014 10:45:23 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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