Political Animals

In the years since the grand jurors took their frustration--but not the fine print behind it--public, much of the evidence they considered has come out in other forums, including a lawsuit filed against Rockwell by former Rocky Flats employee Jim Stone, who serves on the same committee as Elofson-Gardine. But the U.S. Attorney scoffs at the jurors' argument that this paves the way for full disclosure. He describes their behavior this way: "Leak secret information to the press; hold press conferences, contact politicians and continue to foment controversy; justify more disclosures based on the argument that disclosures have already occurred; and so on."

That's typical talk from the office of U.S. Attorney Henry Solano, who recently formalized a policy that his assistants may not speak without his prior permission and that he alone "will determine whether and when to announce or confirm investigations, indictments or arrests."

Of course, the Rocky Flats investigations are over, and the deal with Rockwell guaranteed that no indictments--much less arrests--would result.

"Enough," ends Solano's response to the grand jurors. "Grand jury 89-2 was discharged more than four and a half years ago...In 1992, the grand jurors elected the forum in which they wished to pursue these issues--that is, in the media and political arenas."

But justice is no more certain there than it is in the courthouse.

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