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Wyoming state public defender to address costs of death penalty Friday

(Wyoming Campaign to End the Death Penalty 2020, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — State Public Defender Diane Lozano will participate in an online conversation about the death penalty in Wyoming on Friday, according to the Wyoming Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.

Lozano will be joined by other state representatives as well as Colorado State Public Defender Tamara Brady.

“Lozano will discuss a range of issues involving the state’s death penalty, including why it costs taxpayers so much money even when there is no one on death row, and the ‘opportunity cost’ of wasting those funds,” Wyoming Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty said.

Brady handled the 2012 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado which resulted in 12 deaths and 70 injuries. The release states that jurors in the case “decided against the death penalty because of the defendant’s mental illness.”

In addition to Lozano and Brady, Equal Justice USA Program Director Sarah Craft “will discuss how Wyoming fits into the national trend of state legislatures repealing the death penalty.”

Equal Justice USA is the parent organization of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.

The online discussion will begin at 4:30 pm Friday, Nov. 13. It will be held via the Zoom online platform here.

The event is hosted by the Wyoming Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty and the American Constitution Society.

“The event will be hosted by Kylie Taylor, State Coordinator of Wyoming Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, and Nathan Yanchek, President of the American Constitution Society chapter at the University of Wyoming College of Law,” the announcement adds.

Legislation to repeal the death penalty failed an introductory vote in the Wyoming House of Representatives during their 2020 Budget Session, but a significant number of legislators signed on as sponsors of the legislation.

Wyoming Conservatives Against the Death Penalty and others are seeking to convince the legislature to repeal the death penalty in the state.

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