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Posted March 27, 2013

Colorado death penalty repeal killed in committee

The co-sponsors of a bill that would have repealed the death penalty in Colorado appeared upset yesterday when members of the House committee considering the measure failed to pass it. After Gov. John Hickenlooper expressed doubt about the bill at a caucus luncheon last week, hinting that he may veto it, two Democrats on...
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Posted March 21, 2013

Colorado passes new gun laws but can it enforce them?

Yesterday Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a package of gun control bills, inspired in part by several tragic mass shootings in 2012. The state has now put several new restrictions on gun purchase and ownership in the state. Under the new laws, the state will now require background checks for all gun sales, including...
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Posted March 13, 2013

Supreme Court considers DNA collection

Last week we discussed a proposed bill in Colorado that would greatly expand the scope of DNA collection in the state. Currently, DNA is only collected from those convicted or arrested on felony charges and it goes into the state’s DNA database. But under a new proposed law, people convicted of misdemeanors would also...
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Posted March 8, 2013

Colorado bill would collect DNA for misdemeanor crimes

Being convicted of a misdemeanor crime in Colorado can carry some stiff penalties, depending on the crime. Now, the consequences of being convicted of a misdemeanor may soon become harsher. A proposed bill in Colorado wants to allow the state to collect DNA samples from those convicted of misdemeanor crimes. This means that people...
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