State of the Death Penalty Symposium

Criminal Law Review

4:00 – 6:00 PM
Reception to Follow in the Forum
*Guest Parking will be available in Lot L for $6*

Speakers Include:
Stan Garnett, Elected District Attorney, 20th Judicial District
Jim Castle, Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney
Rich Orman, Senior Deputy District Attorney, 18th Judicial District
Professor Ian Farrell, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Professor Nancy Leong, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

The death penalty, its use and misuse, and its place in our society are undoubtedly among the most controversial topics faced by our political and justice systems. Especially in Colorado, the pressure of victims’ families and communities to seek or support the death penalty has clashed against a relatively recent surge of arguments to the contrary. As a state central to the nation-wide debate regarding the death penalty, Colorado needs a platform conducive to intelligible dialogue on the contemporary state of capital punishment.

The inaugural symposium of the University of Denver, Criminal Law Review, “The State of the Death Penalty,” to be hosted at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, on April 2, 2016, will feature speakers with differing backgrounds from a variety of areas of the law intersecting with the death penalty, including Colorado prosecutors and defense attorneys. The symposium will be structured as a moderated debate that highlights the modern controversies surrounding capital punishment, including those issues presently before the Supreme Court. Specifically, the panelists will address the legal, social, and constitutional arguments for and against the continued availability and usefulness of the death penalty, both in Colorado and across the nation.

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