Hickenlooper opens door to clemency in Dunlap case 

Should he lose, Hickenlooper said, "there are obviously remedies that the governor can do, you know. I could give it a full clemency between election day and the end of the year, I could . there are a number of different opportunities to make sure that doesn't happen."

DENVER | Gov. John Hickenlooper suggested in a yet-unaired CNN interview that he could permanently end the death sentence of a multiple murderer on death row should he lose his re-election campaign because he gave the inmate a temporary reprieve from execution.

Hickenlooper made in the comments in an interview for a CNN series on the death penalty that is due to air later this week. But the conservative website Complete Colorado obtained an audio recording of the 45-minute interview and posted it over the weekend. In it, the Democratic governor expresses disgust that Republicans were considering making Nathan Dunlap a “political football.”

Hickenlooper suggests_PerrShould he lose, Hickenlooper said, “there are obviously remedies that the governor can do, you know. I could give it a full clemency between election day and the end of the year, I could . there are a number of different opportunities to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Republicans have hammered the governor for more than a year for the decision. Hickenlooper’s opponent, former Rep. Bob Beauprez, released an online ad Monday afternoon highlighting the governor’s comments. Polls have shown the two men effectively tied in the race.

Kathy Green, a spokeswoman for the governor, said he was only speaking hypothetically.

“The Governor has no plans to revisit this decision in this case,” Green said in a statement. “In this interview and in response to that specific line of hypothetical questioning, he is discussing the legal options that are provided in the state’s constitution.”

  • Kevin

    This is why one man should NOT have this sort of power. The jury of this man’s peers gave him due process and found him guilty and subsequently a penalty of death. Who does Hickenbopper think he is to defy the will of the people?

  • Just thinking

    I agree. The jury has spoken and their decision should be respected and enforced. Dunlap has already gotten about 20 years passed when his sentence was determined. He has had several appeals – none of which has reduced his sentence. Let’s get it over – let the jury’s decision be enforced.

  • bwm38

    hmmmmm….pro abortion….anti death penalty….

  • Frank2525

    Yeah. Just like Castro in Cuba. Released all the criminals in prison, who went to Florida with all the other (good) boat people, and Florida had to sort them out and keep them in prison in Florida. The others (good – middle and upper class folks) made new lives in USA. One of my subordinates in 1955-59 was married to Cuban lady, and had married before that, and her family was killed by Castro. We really need more criminals back on Denver streets. Not enough killed to keep police busy???? Even lifers are getting released now, on good behavior in prison.