Maisha Fields Pollard testifies against repealing the death penalty. Her brother's murderers are on death row. Her mother Rep Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) is running a competing bill
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An especially personal issue for some lawmakers, a bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado got its first committee hearing at the capitol Tuesday. After a long debate the committee delayed a vote on the measure.
Convicted murderer Gary Haugen has spent more than 30 years in prison; he's been on death row since 2007. And if he had his way, he would schedule his execution tomorrow. But in an unusual case, the Oregon Supreme Court must decide whether Haugen, who has waived his right to appeal, can die — or if Gov. John Kitzhaber's reprieve of Haugen should stand.
Maryland is about to become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.
A bill has passed the state Senate and is expected to pass the House of Delegates easily with the governor's ardent support. The strongest advocate to end the death penalty in Maryland is Kirk Bloodsworth, who was convicted of murder in that state in 1985 and was the first person in the U.S. to be sentenced to death row then exonerated by DNA evidence.