Cote speaks out against Montana death penalty

Via the Char-Koosta News: By Lailani Upham HELENA — Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal member Diane Cote testified earlier this month against the death penalty before the state senate. Cote’s daughter Tasheena was murdered in 2007. Cote said, “The thing that hurt the most was everyone kept asking me, ‘Oh are going to go for […]

Attorneys only winners in lengthy death penalty appeals

Via the Billings Gazette: Once again the Montana legislature is considering abolition of the death penalty in our state. I am hoping that this measure passes, although I am not betting that it will. And I have no dog in this fight, as I know neither man currently in Montana State Prison awaiting execution nor […]

Bill Aiming to Abolish Death Penalty Makes it Out of Committee, Heads to Senate

Via KFBB: Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are referring to Senate Bill 116 as one of the biggest public policy measures the committee faces. The bill would abolish the death penalty for life in prison without parole. It made it out of committee with a vote of seven to five today and will now […]

Death penalty debate stirs emotions in Helena

Via KPAX: HELENA – There was some emotional testimony at the Capitol in Helena on Tuesday as lawmakers discussed a proposal that would make Montana one of 18 states to abolish the death penalty. State Senator Dave Wanzenried (D-Missoula) is sponsoring the bill which replaces the death sentence with life in prison without parole. “Capital […]

Hearing held on proposal to abolish the death penalty

Via Montana Watchdog: HELENA – Lawmakers heard from both sides of the debate on abolishing the death penalty in Montana during a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that lasted around three hours on Tuesday morning. Senate Bill 185 is sponsored by Sen. David Wanzenried, D-Missoula. His bill would abolish the death penalty and replace it […]