Brauch­ler and the death penalty

The Denver Post - - OPNION - Re: Phil Ch­erner,

“DA seeks death penalty; Man charged in stab­bing death of his 6-year-old son in Fe­bru­ary,” Dec. 3 news story.

So I see that Ara­pa­hoe District At­tor­ney Ge­orge Brauch­ler is kick­ing off his 2018 gu­ber­na­to­rial cam­paign by seek­ing the death penalty against Bran­don John­son.

This is, as he must surely know, a waste of time and money. Last year he was un­suc­cess­ful in seek­ing to ex­e­cute Aurora the­ater shooter James Holmes, while at the same time a Den­ver jury failed to agree to the death penalty for Dex­ter Lewis, who killed five in­di­vid­u­als in a bar. Of the thou­sands of homi­cides over the last 48 years, only one de­fen­dant (Gary Davis, in 1999) has been ex­e­cuted. We have three in­di­vid­u­als (all black) on death row. All from Ara­pa­hoe County.

Even if Brauch­ler some­how suc­ceeds in achiev­ing a death ver­dict, af­ter spend­ing un­told mil­lions to do so, it could be 20 years be­fore there is even a po­ten­tial ex­e­cu­tion. The only rea­son to waste these re­sources is ob­vi­ously po­lit­i­cal.

Den­ver The writer is a mem­ber of Coloradans for Al­ter­na­tives to the Death Penalty’s Board of Di­rec­tors.

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