At 10 a.m. this morning, Governor Bill Ritter is scheduled to speak at the dedication of the new Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, at 490 W. Colfax.
The event will no doubt bring a great deal of satisfaction to family members and others in the community who spent years arguing that the justice center should be named for Philip Van Cise, a fearless former Denver district attorney who fought crime in the Mile High City at the cost of his career.
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Alan Prendergast's feature article about Van Cise, published in February 2008, brought attention to this quiet campaign, which he further documented in a series of blogs (click here, here and here for samples). In the end, Van Cise's story was so compelling that his supporters won the day. A day like today.