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ICYMI: Joshi’s fetal homicide would have allowed stronger prosecution of drunk driver that killed unborn child

Jul. 13, 2012

11joshiDENVER—The Democrat controlled Senate killed a bill sponsored by Rep. Janak Joshi, R-Colorado Springs, that would have allowed Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett to prosecute a man accused of driving drunk and killing an unborn child with homicide.

 

Magdalena Wegrzyn and Pierrette J. Shields of the Longmont Times Call report:

 

  • ·“ The car crash last week that injured a pregnant 27-year-old Longmont woman and caused her to lose her baby has prompted visceral reactions from the community, and many have demanded more severe punishments for Gary Sheats, the man accused of driving drunk and causing the wreck.” (“Many want punishment, but state law says killing unborn not murder,” Longmont Times Call, 07/13/12, link).

  • · “‘I am bound by what Colorado law is, not what people wish it was, and if they want to change it they should talk to their state representative or senator and I would be happy to help,’ Garnett said.” (“Many want punishment, but state law says killing unborn not murder,” Longmont Times Call, 07/13/12, link).

  • ·“ House Bill 1130 would have allowed for a second charge to be filed if a crime committed against a pregnant woman caused injury or death to her unborn baby.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Janak Joshi, R-Colorado Springs, said he introduced the measure because district attorneys had expressed frustration that they would be unable to prosecute a person for hurting or killing an unborn baby. The bill made an exemption for medical care for which the mother provided consent. Joshi insisted it would not criminalize legal abortions.” (“Many want punishment, but state law says killing unborn not murder,” Longmont Times Call, 07/13/12, link).

 

  • · “Joshi said he plans to introduce the same bill in the next session, if elected.” (“Many want punishment, but state law says killing unborn not murder,” Longmont Times Call, 07/13/12, link).

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