For Some Colorado Lawmakers, The Death Penalty Debate Is Personal

The death penalty, and whether to repeal it, is likely to be one of the weightiest topics Colorado’s legislature will debate this session and advocates believe this is the best chance they’ve had in years to abolish it. It’s on the legislative agenda across the country and California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom last week put a moratorium on the death penalty.

Democrats, who are pushing for the repeal, hold the majority in the Colorado statehouse.

Yet, for Democratic state Sen. Rhonda Fields’, the death penalty is not just a question of policy. Of the three men on death row in the state, two are there for the murder of her son Javad Marshall Fields and his fiance, Vivian Wolfe. They were killed days before Javad was set to testify as a witness in a murder trial.

“It’s just a part of my experience,” Fields says. “It’s…

Original published: 2019-03-17 08:45:37 Read the full New York City News here

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