Irrefutable evidence; wrong outcome
Re: “Suspect faces 305 charges,” Dec. 7 news story
The headline appears to be impressive, but the reality is that it may as well read, “The suspect faces life in prison,” because that is the only thing that will happen to the accused killer no matter how many crimes he’s convicted of.
Colorado needs to resurrect the death penalty for mass murderers and serial killers who are convicted of the premeditated murder of four or more people. Anyone who shoots, stabs, bludgeons, strangles, or otherwise intentionally takes the life of four or more innocent people deserves no less. We should have a new law, perhaps named “aggravated murder,” which would be applied upon a fourth premeditated murder conviction.
The death penalty should be the only penalty, and it should be written into the statute as such. No jury should be involved in the application of this law. Any mitigating issues can and should be dealt with during the individual murder trial or trials. The message should be that if you are convicted of intentionally murdering four or more people in Colorado, you are going to be put to death, period!
Such a law would perhaps convince some potential killers that Colorado is getting serious about dealing with violent offenders. The death penalty may not deter all potential murderers, but it is likely to make some think twice, and if it saves even a few lives, it is well worth it.
Frank R. Edwards, Littleton
Aldrich should face only 10 first-degree murder charges. Why waste the jury’s and the court’s time on all the other charges? There is little question he committed the crime, given that he was arrested at the scene and witness reports. Prosecutors must only lay out the evidence of the murders. Including hate crime requires the impossible task of trying to prove what was going through his mind at the time, and it doesn’t compound the degree of his sentence.
At the very minimum, he will likely get life without a chance of parole. If found guilty, he deserves to rot in prison. 305 charges amount to a career opportunity for the prosecutors and psychiatrists at an enormous cost to the taxpayers. The poor jurors will have to sit through a long-drawn-out trial when the outcome could be obvious as soon as the evidence is presented.
Jim Lloyd, Lakewood
Get the guns out of their hands
While red flag laws have lulled the rest of Colorado into a false sense of security, “Constitutional Sheriffs” in our hinterlands are freeing dangerous nut jobs and allowing them to buy any old assault weapons their little depraved terrorist hearts’ desire.
As senseless acts of gun violence continue and mass shootings spread to suburbs throughout Colorado, will we continue to ignore the reality that some tin-badged yahoos are virtually aiding and abetting terrorists in the name of unfettered gun access, or will we hold these fake patriots to account?
J. Brandeis Sperandeo, Denver
Sealed records could hide corruption
Three years ago, in what seemed like a good idea at the time, the Colorado legislature passed a law that sealed the records of cases that had been dismissed. We now see how a law designed to protect individuals has been weaponized by authorities to protect themselves.
The El Paso district attorney dropped previous felony charges against the person who had been held on $1 million bail but who later went on to kill five people at Club Q in a mass shooting. Now because of the sealed records law, his approach is that he can say nothing.
District attorneys have wide discretionary powers about who and if to prosecute. But it does not take much imagination to see how the law to seal records can be an invitation to corruption. Give in to political pressure (or take a bribe), drop a case, and seal the records. We do not yet know if the El Paso County DA’s actions were prompted by incompetence, political ideology or malfeasance. But it is obvious that he is doing his best to make sure that we never do.
Guy Wroble, Denver
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