Grand Illusions

The jurors have been held together by their desire to see justice done. All but four signed on to Turley's petition: One couldn't be found, one is unwell, and two have potential conflicts--including McKinley, who just made the ballot running as an independent in the Fourth Congressional District. "This is not a runaway grand jury in any sense," Turley says. "This is a grand jury faced by runaway prosecutors. They're ordinary people selected at random, typical Coloradansunassuming, very straightforward."

Which means they are not to be confused with typical Colorado politicians.
The grand jurors' petition asks for a sealed hearing so that they can tell their story in a closed courtroom before a judge decides if they should tell it to the world. On Friday, that judge became Richard Matsch, who oversees Stone's suit when he's not presiding over the Oklahoma City bombing case. Judge Matsh is no stranger to Rocky Flats--and no stranger to approving deals. In 1985 he signed off on the settlement of another Rocky Flats case, in which nearby landowners had sued the plant because their property values allegedly had been damaged by numerous fires, spills and leaks. After years of wrangling, however, both sides agreed to a deal that determined the property was just fine. One of the plaintiffs is now working to develop land around Rocky Flats.

As for the other dealmakers, Norton, who calls Turley's petition "absurd," is now in private practice. Finesilver gave up the bench and went into the mediation business. And Rocky Flats, of course, is in the remediation business, working round the clock to clean up its image--if not the land itself.

When pondcrete dries...

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