Duran's unwillingness to take responsibility for the consequences of her own actions and to claim that she "hasn't given up on" them is particularly disgusting.
Under HB1287, the juveniles convicted during that time would be eligible for parole after serving 40 calendar years.
The judiciary committee killed HB1287 on a 6-5 vote, despite its bipartisan sponsorship by two members of the committee, Reps. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, and B.J. Nikkel, R-Loveland.
The bill’s sponsorship all but guaranteed its passage out of the committee if the vote had broken down along party lines. But Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, voted with Republicans to spike it.
She cited questions about its constitutionality raised by the attorney general’s office.
“I’m not going to give up on those 48 offenders,” said Duran, a lawyer. “The reason why I voted against the bill is because I think there needs to be work done to reach out to all of the stakeholders and have a less divisive process.”
She also would like to see a ruling from the Supreme Court on whether the Legislature has the authority to change sentences retroactively, or whether that would represent overstepping the General Assembly’s authority and encroaching on the governor’s right to commute sentences.
From the Pueblo Chieftan, via Thinking Outside the Cage.
Updated on 4-6-2011 to correct the spelling of Duran's first name.