Off Limits

There auto be a law: If April wasn't the cruelest month for lawyer Joseph Patrick Madigan, it sure came close. On April 8, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered Madigan disbarred from the practice of law for three years. Not only had Madigan "effectively abandoned" a client--Donna Carlton, owner of Consolidated Investment Service, Inc., of Denver--causing her "serious" injury, but he'd given the Douglas County Sheriff's Department a $62.50 check to cover assorted judicial matters on an account that was first overdrawn and then closed. And in a further violation of the rules of professional conduct, Madigan had failed to notify the court of his own three convictions for alcohol-related traffic offenses (all DWAIs, pleaded down from DUIs collected between 1991 and 1993).

But two days after the Colorado Supreme Court decision, Madigan was back behind the wheel. On April 12, Juan Agusto was heading east on West 13th Avenue when a Ford Bronco ran through a stop sign at Lipan, struck Agusto's 1985 Oldsmobile and just kept going. The Denver Police Department traced the Bronco's license plate to one Kim Gess, who told Detective W.T. Reed that although she'd indeed been in her Bronco during the hit-and-run, she hadn't been driving--because her license was suspended. The person in the driver's seat, she said, was a lawyer named Joseph Madigan.

Who, on April 16, was named in a Denver County Court arrest warrant for stop-sign violation and failure to report an accident. Anyone know a good lawyer?

Oh, promise me: One thing you can say about former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney--unlike Denver's Million Man Marchers, he knows how to attract a cast of thousands to an event. Then again, he's a "raving lunatic," according to Scott Raab, who profiled Promise Keepers and McCartney (""the only major college football coach in America with two illegitimate grandchildren sired by two different players upon his only daughter") in a recent GQ article titled "Triumph of His Will."

Presumably, the bad press won't put a damper on the Promise Keepers 1996 men's conference schedule, which includes appearances in 22 markets (Denver's set for a June 21-22 confab at Mile High Stadium--the first venue vacated by Monday's Million Man March). Ten new cities, as well as former Watergate felon Chuck Colson, join the lineup this year. "The fact is," McCartney says in the Promise Keepers announcement, that even after five years of his activities, "men are as isolated as ever. Our culture has convinced men they can go it alone. The fact is, until we are reconciled to God, we can never be reconciled to our families and brothers. Revival starts in the heart of one man."

That's one man, not one woman--and the announcement does address the "for men only" nature of the gatherings, noting that one third of Promise Keepers volunteers are women and that "one of the primary goals of the conference is to deepen the commitment of men to respect and honor women."

As long as they know their place, apparently. When a local print salesman recently contacted Promise Keepers to inquire about their printing account, he says he was told his company was welcome to make a bid--but if it got the job, "our president would have to sign a letter that we didn't print any of that 'pornography or feminism crap.



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