George Brauchler, the Republican district attorney for the 18th Judicial District, said Friday night he believes Gov. John Hickenlooper broke the law when he granted a pardon to Rene Lima-Marin, a 38-year-old Aurora man who faces deportation to his native Cuba after a judge freed him earlier this week from a Colorado prison.
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Colorado’s leading gubernatorial candidates mostly reacted along party lines Friday to word that Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, had pardoned Rene Lima-Marin in hopes of heading off plans by immigration officials to deport the Aurora man to Cuba.
Calling it a “question of justice,” Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday granted a full and unconditional pardon to Rene Lima-Marin, the Aurora man who has faced deportation to Cuba since being freed from prison earlier this week in a spectacular case that caught the attention of the nation.
A bipartisan pair of lawmakers is asking Gov. John Hickenlooper to issue a pardon to clear the record of an Aurora man who was released from prison this week only to face deportation to Cuba, a country he hasn’t seen since he was an infant.
State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle hailed a judge’s ruling Tuesday that ordered Rene Lima-Marin freed after he had been sent back to prison due to what officials determined was a mistaken early release from a 98-year sentence.
I don’t have the answer. I want that to be clear right from the beginning. As a member of the University of Colorado family, an attorney and stepfather to a college-aged woman, the stories regarding Austin Wilkerson and the sexual assault he committed leave me with many more questions than answers. I didn’t sit through this trial or sentencing, I didn’t hear the testimony, and I don’t know all the mitigating or aggravating factors. But it has become another flash point for outrage.
The pendulum of judicial discretion perpetually swings from apex to apex without ever stopping in the middle. Subject to the political whims of its two more political brethren, the judicial...