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Governor signs factual innocence law

The Sheridan Press-Mar 19, 2018 Charles Pelkey, D-Laramie, and the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, which is dedicated to overturning wrongful convictions in Wyoming, Utah and Nevada. Under the existing law, there is no time limit for a person to introduce new DNA evidence of innocence, but instead a two-year deadline after …

New law will make it easier for wrongfully accused to overturn their convictions…

Casper Star-Tribune Online-Mar 13, 2018

Charles Pelkey failed last year after opposition from the Attorney Gneral’s Office. The new law was written by a coalition of interested parties — including representatives of the Attorney General — in Pelkey’s office over the summer. “I am thrilled,” Pelkey said in the news release. “I do want to say that this is …

How Much Pot Is In That Brownie? Wyoming Moves To Toughen …

NPR-Jan 24, 2018

Charles Pelkey. For those of you wondering, tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, is responsible for marijuana’s psychotropic effects — it’s what gives you a high. The Wyoming legislature will consider two bills this session and neither takes it easy on edibles. One would make 3 ounces of edible marijuana and 36 …

WTE offers thumbs up and down 3-31-18

Wyoming Tribune-Mar 31, 2018
Charles Pelkey, D-Laramie, and other Wyoming legislators for sponsoring and passing House Bill 61. The legislation prohibits law enforcement officers from asking people to sign a waiver that gives their assets to the state during roadside investigations. We’ve been told these waivers haven’t been used …

Citing Vox story, Wyoming bans practice that police used to take …

Vox-Mar 20, 2018
Three months after Vox broke the story about how Wyoming law enforcement wrongly took $91,800 from an out-of-state traveler during a traffic stop, state legislators have changed the law to try to prevent something like this from happening again. Democratic state Rep. Charles Pelkey told me that he …

Pared-down criminal justice reform is now law

WyoFile-Mar 29, 2018
This year, however, a revised version of the bill passed the Legislature with only two votes against it in each chamber. Sponsored by the Joint Judiciary Committee, the bill was shepherded by Rep. Charles Pelkey (D-Laramie). Pelkey’s efforts to bring former opponents from the AG’s office, prosecutors and …

For fifth year in a row, Wyoming legislators kill bill that would repeal death penalty…

Casper Star-Tribune Online-Feb 16, 2018
Charles Pelkey, D-Laramie, argued before the vote that studies have shown that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent to keep others from committing crimes. He also asked his peers to consider the “pragmatic argument”: Ending executions would save the state money. The bill’s fiscal note, which is …

House debates proposed ICE prison

Gillette News Record-Mar 9, 2018
Charles Pelkey (D-Laramie). Both local officials and Gov. Matt Mead have chosen not to call the proposed facility a prison. Not doing so clears the road for Uinta County and Management Training Center to negotiate with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, largely without worrying about state …

Justice reform makes strange bedfellows

WyoFile-Mar 2, 2018
The bills came through the House Judiciary Committee, where Rep. Charles Pelkey, a Laramie Democrat and attorney, has been working with socially conservative Republicans like Reps. Nathan Winters (R-Thermopolis) and Scott Clem (R-Gillette), to pass criminal justice reform bills for the last two years.

Wyoming lawmakers consider strengthening stalking laws

Casper Star-Tribune Online-Dec 8, 2017
Charles Pelkey, D-Laramie, said Thursday. Pelkey was one of the lawmakers who sponsored the bill during the previous session and is a member of the interim committee sponsoring the 2018 version. One of the committee’s goals during the interim was to study statutes related to domestic violence, …

Do the new budget bills impact you? Wyoming Business Report  - March 7, 2016

Lawmakers have mixed feelings about budget sessionWyoming Tribune Eagle – March 5, 2016

A Win For Wyoming People and Mountain Lions, National Geographic – February 10, 2016

UW athletics match could lead to budget fight in Wyoming LegislatureCasper Star Tribune, February 10, 2016 

Pelkey: Palliative care panel a good ideaWyoming Tribune Eagle - February 24, 2016

Gun bill dies in Wyoming SenateWyoming Tribune Eagle - February 27, 2016

Racing to Berlin: Local attorney has faced history, racing, hitchhiking and cancer in his life – Laramie Daily Boomerang, March 23, 2014

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