James Holmes (Aurora Colorado shooting suspect) wants to plead guilty, in exchange for life in prison, your thoughts?
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| Posted about 2 years ago
Cedardale says ...
I was wondering the same thing. The only reason I can think of for a prosecutor to pursue the death penalty is to serve his own personal agenda.
In Colorado it costs many times more to prosecute a capital murder case than a first degree murder case. The last time someone was executed in Colorado was 1997. The person who is next in line for execution in Colorado after exhausting all his appeals was convicted in 1993--20 years of uncertainty for victims families, 20 years of taxpayers footing the bill for the defense attorneys and the appeals costs, etcetera. By the way--that 1997 execution is the one and only one to occur in Colorado since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977. Not exactly a slam dunk for justice.
I don't have any sympathy for the defendant, but I can't see much benefit for anyone if the DA pursues this as a death penalty case.
On the other hand--I do think the defense attorneys need to show some professionalism and work with the DA and not the media on any plea negotiations. It seems possible that the DA is merely sending a stern warning to the defense to buck up and cooperate rather than actually dismissing any possibility of a deal. Not that I believe there's consensus on the part of victims and victims families, but I would be surprised if many of them want this drawn out.
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