How a Colorado Judge Just Blocked the Victims’ Right Movement

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How a Colorado Judge Just Blocked the Victims’ Right Movement

            According to a new ruling, the parents of a murdered man are not allowed to tell jurors that they oppose the death penalty.
Andrew CohenFeb 27 2014, 2:38 PM ET

                A death penalty protestor stands outside San Quentin.                (Paul Sakuma/AP)

Late Wednesday, a trial judge in Colorado, a former prosecutor, issued a ruling that precludes the parents of a murder victim from telling jurors of their profound opposition to the imposition of a death sentence against the man who killed their son. The “appropriate audience” for the parents’ complaints about the prosecution’s use of “their son’s name in the pursuit of the death penalty,” the judge wrote in a footnote, is the prosecutor, who, of course, already has decided that the defendant should be put to death if found guilty….

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/02/how-a-colorado-judge-just-blocked-the-victims-right-movement/284108/

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