Rene Lima-Marin

“This was a question of justice,” Gov. John Hickenlooper told an afternoon news conference, noting that 98 of the 100 members of the state Assembly had backed a motion calling for Rene Lima-Marin’s pardon. “This was a pretty clear example of someone who’s done all the work necessary to earn a second chance.”

This isn’t a driver license application or a request for tax enterprise zone fees or anything close to usual. It’s a man’s life and the life of his family subjected to justice more typically doled out in Iran or China. It’s only a lame excuse that this has taken so long, and not a very good one. The Constitution empowers Hickenlooper to end Lima-Marin’s sentence now