Finally, something on which we can all disagree.
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday stunned Colorado by indefinitely delaying the execution of a death-row inmate, a decision that didn’t give any outright victories to either side of the death-penalty debate and set the Democrat up for accusations of trying to have it both ways.
If Nathan Dunlap remains in prison as long as Hickenlooper is governor, a future governor could allow the death sentence to proceed.
A Republican lawmaker called the decision “gutless.” The father of one of the victims called the governor a “chicken.” Even a Democratic district attorney who called the decision “thoughtful” said he would have preferred Hickenlooper commute Dunlap’s sentence to life in prison.
“I think that Hickenlooper’s gift is to try to find that sweet spot in between two polar positions, but I’m not convinced that this was a decision that lent itself to that approach,” said Denver political consultant Eric Sondermann. “I think he runs the risk of seeming too cute by half and of really leaving both sides feeling unfulfilled.”
Republicans vowed to make the reprieve an issue in Hickenlooper’s 2014 re-election bid.
“I think it’s a huge issue when you’re unable to make tough decisions when you’re called upon to make them,” said House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs.
Read more: Hickenlooper accused of trying to have it both ways with death penalty – The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/ci_23303974/hickenlooper-accused-trying-have-it-both-ways-death#ixzz2WDvKVOVj
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