Rep. Rhonda Fields on push to repeal death penalty: "An insult to crime victims"

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Rhonda Fields
Representative Rhonda Fields, an Aurora Democrat, generally sides with liberal lawmakers in Colorado. But when it comes to a possible repeal of the death penalty, she is unwavering in her opposition. Getting rid of the death penalty would be an insult to crime victims and ill-timed given recent horrific tragedies, she says. And for Fields, it's personal: The man who killed her son is on death row.

As we reported yesterday, there is talk among legislators about a possible push to repeal the death penalty in the session that will begin next month. Efforts to get rid of the death penalty in the past have been unsuccessful, but there could be more support this time around.

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Representative Rhonda Fields, right, at a news conference with Aurora and Columbine families last week.
Boulder Representative Claire Levy is reportedly considering the legislation and, as we noted in our coverage yesterday, Representative Mark Ferrandino, the new Colorado Speaker of the House, says he remains supportive of a repeal initiative.

Fields, who led a press conference last week to call for gun reforms in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Connecticut, tells us she is upset about the new push for a repeal -- but that her colleagues are well aware of her stance. "It's a very insensitive thing to do in light of the recent tragedies our nation and state has experienced," says Fields, who was very active in the aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting on July 20. "It sends the wrong message to the people in our state that no matter how horrible the crime is going to be in the state of Colorado in 2013...we have lawmakers who want to...remove the death penalty as an option for the DA. It's very disturbing to me. I think it's an insult to crime victims. I don't think the timing is right."

There are currently three inmates on death row in Colorado. Two of them are men responsible for killing Fields's son, Javad Marshall-Fields, in 2005. Marshall-Fields and his fiance, Vivian Wolfe, both 22 at the time, were killed in a hail of gunfire. He was a material witness in a murder case and had agreed to testify against Robert Ray, who was ultimately sentenced to death alongside his accomplice, Sir Mario Owens.

"It's a slap in the face," Fields says of a repeal. "For me, there are three people on death row and two of the people on death row are there for crimes committed against my son and his fiance."

Continue for more of our interview with Representative Rhonda Fields.


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rjshep45
rjshep45

do away with the death penalty,or change the law so executions within one year of conviction,all the current death penalty is now is a taxpayer funded welfare system for already wealthy attorneys,

dudleycsharp
dudleycsharp

The death penalty is JUSTICE

6) Billy Graham: "God will not tolerate sin. He condemns it and demands payment for it. God could not remain a righteous God and compromise with sin. His holiness and His justice demand the death penalty." ( "The Power of the Cross," published in the Apr. 2007 issue of Decision magazine ).

7) Jean-Jacques Rousseau: "In killing the criminal, we destroy not so much a citizen as an enemy. The trial and judgments are proofs that he has broken the Social Contract, and so is no longer a member of the State." (The Social Contract).

8) Saint (& Pope) Pius V: "The just use of (executions), far from involving the crime of murder, is an act of paramount obedience to this (Fifth) Commandment which prohibits murder." "The Roman Catechism of the Council of Trent" (1566).

dudleycsharp
dudleycsharp

contd

The death penalty is JUSTICE

4) John Murray: "Nothing shows the moral bankruptcy of a people or of a generation more than disregard for the sanctity of human life." "... it is this same atrophy of moral fiber that appears in the plea for the abolition of the death penalty." "It is the sanctity of life that validates the death penalty for the crime of murder. It is the sense of this sanctity that constrains the demand for the infliction of this penalty. The deeper our regard for life the firmer will be our hold upon the penal sanction which the violation of that sanctity merit." (Page 122 of Principles of Conduct).

5) John Locke: "A criminal who, having renounced reason... hath, by the unjust violence and slaughter he hath committed upon one, declared war against all mankind, and therefore may be destroyed as a lion or tyger, one of those wild savage beasts with whom men can have no society nor security." And upon this is grounded the great law of Nature, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." Second Treatise of Civil Government.

dudleycsharp
dudleycsharp

The death penalty is JUSTICE

1) Immanuel Kant: "If an offender has committed murder, he must die. In this case, no possible substitute can satisfy justice. For there is no parallel between death and even the most miserable life, so that there is no equality of crime and retribution unless the perpetrator is judicially put to death.". "A society that is not willing to demand a life of somebody who has taken somebody else's life is simply immoral."

2) Pope Pius XII; "When it is a question of the execution of a man condemned to death it is then reserved to the public power to deprive the condemned of the benefit of life, in expiation of his fault, when already, by his fault, he has dispossessed himself of the right to live." 9/14/52.

3) Theodore Roosevelt: " . . . among the very rare occasions when anything governmental or official caused me to lose sleep were times when I had to listen to some poor mother making a plea for a criminal so wicked, so utterly brutal and depraved, that it would have been a crime on my part to remit his punishment.".

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This most certainly will further endear her to our state's african american population ......

Why doesn't she go as far as referring to the three on Colorado's death-row, as those dead 'niggas' and forget ALL responsible for her position as a Dem Rep !

Her personal loss is outweighing her party commitment . I get it but will most ????

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

How many people would Jesus execute?

HMPWJE?

Rhonda Fields = an Insult to Christianity

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dudleycsharp 

So how does ENDING the mortal suffering of the condemned, and sending them to an eternal heavenly afterlife -- if they simply confess their sins and accept Jayzus at anytime prior to their execution -- "penalize" them?

Be specific, and show your work.


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  

'Jesus' was a supposed BAD-ASS ! Can't really tell from ALL the pictures that have him looking like 'Howard Wallowitz' from 'The Big Bang Theory', or as I like to call it, The Penny Show' ! You'd think the 'son of god' would AT LEAST, look like 'Arnold' & not a timid gay man, working the register at a  Capitol Hill bookstore .....

Meanwhile, his 'dad' REMAINS, violent as hell !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  

How many would Santa execute for that matter ?......

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg 

Jesus "looks" like a Gay fantasy milquetoast because the Vatican hired the Flaming Homosexual Pederast Michelangelo to fabricate his likeness.

Imagine what Jesus would look like if they had employed a Bear Loving Harvey Fierstein for the job?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg 

Santa KKKlaus? ... the enslaver and exploiter of the Elven race?


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay or Seth McFarland ... We could really keep going ......

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