Yesterday, the Denver District Attorney's Office announced that Lorenzo Montoya, convicted of first-degree murder and more in the 2000 murder of Denver schoolteacher Emily Johnson, was released on time served after he pleaded guilty to a lesser accessory charge. Turns out DNA evidence proved Montoya ... More >>
Cab drivers in Denver face a lot of challenges, as Joel Warner outlines in his current cover story, "Street Fights." They not only have to pay high lease rates for company cars, but then have trouble making ends meet because of stiff competition on the streets not just from other taxi companies, but ... More >>
Last month, we told you about the police shooting of Blas Leroux, who'd taken a woman hostage at a local 7-Eleven. Now, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has issued a decision letter that calls the shooting justified even though Leroux was unarmed. See photos, a video, the decision letter a ... More >>
With the election only days away, voters have been inundated with robocalls and the like about education-oriented Amendment 66 and more. But the hype for marijuana tax Proposition AA has been far quieter, with little activity for weeks. And even opponents, who grabbed September headlines with joint ... More >>
A few weeks ago, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey spoke out about violence in the medical marijuana industry; see his office's list of twelve deaths associated with MMJ. Fortunately, no one died in an armed robbery at a Denver dispensary late last month. But Morrissey and company have charg ... More >>
Earlier this week, we wrote about twelve deaths the Denver District Attorney's Office believes are linked to medical marijuana; the original post is below. After the piece's publication, the DA's office reached out to let us know the folks there had overlooked another possible MMJ-related homicide ... More >>
Last week, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey told city council members that there were "twelve homicides related directly to medical marijuana." He subsequently said the figures were "loose" and didn't all occur in MMJ facilities. But when contacted by Westword, Morrissey's office did indeed ... More >>
In May, we reported about an incident during which a man was shot by police after holding a gun to his own head in an incident caught on video. At the time, we wondered if this tragic occurrence was an example of a phenomenon known as suicide by cop, and that's the conclusion reached by Denver Dist ... More >>
Yesterday, we reported about 7News' story on the rate of sex-assault prosecutions under Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey, whose on-camera ripping of reporter Keli Rabon was included online; see our original coverage below. Since then, the tensions between the DA's office and the station hav ... More >>
Reporter Keli Rabon's 7News story about the rate at which Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey declines to prosecute sex assault cases would attract attention under any circumstances. But at least as interesting are several videos featuring Morrissey, including an uncut, nine-minutes-plus clip i ... More >>
Rollin Oliver pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Denver police officer Celena Hollis last June. The 22-year-old faces a sentence of sixteen to 26 years in prison according to the plea agreement, which is on view below. The original charge of first-degree murder/ext ... More >>
Just days after a gunman broke into an elementary school in Connecticut and killed twenty children and six adults, Monica Avila, a 34-year-Denver mother, is facing charges for allegedly bringing a gun to a middle school and threatening students who may have bullied her daughter. She was arrested a ... More >>
On November 10, Jeffrey Musick, a 38-year-old with a history of mental illness and a slew of arrests (see a gallery of his mug shots below), was shot to death by Auraria Campus Police Officer Robert Burnett after allegedly attacking him with a sword. Today, the Denver District Attorney's Office has ... More >>
After the passage of Amendment 64, we reported that Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey had called for a review of all pending pot cases that would be legal under the measure, with a bias toward dropping those unaccompanied by additional charges. Now, however, an attorney says a client accused ... More >>
During a recent appearance on his HBO discussion show, Bill Maher asked Mason Tvert, one of the primary proponents behind Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, to relocate in California and push through a similar measure there -- and Tvert lightheartedly said he would; see the video ... More >>
As we noted in a post yesterday about more than 300 doctors urging approval of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, shortly after a state organization of pediatricians denounced it, those for and against the measure are engaging in the equivalent of endorsement wars. Today's salvo? ... More >>
Rebecca Gershten and Becca Beall Oschner know the importance of rape kits. In 2005, both women were victimized by serial rapist Brent Brents. Their rape kits helped lead to his capture. "Thankfully, our rape kits were processed in record time, which provided the proof necessary to arrest him," Gers ... More >>
A year after taking office, Mayor Michael Hancock delivered his first State of the City address this morning, promoting a range of priorities, including restructuring the police department, increasing programs for children and a new online initiative he is calling "e-Denver." That's right, Denver is ... More >>
The conviction yesterday of Angel Montoya in the death of three-year-old Neveah Gallegos ends a long journey not only for the child's loved ones, but also for police, prosecutors and the public. After all, Neveah died in 2007 and Montoya and Miriam Gallegos were arrested shortly thereafter. But jus ... More >>
Statehouse veterans know that the easiest way to squash a bill they don't like isn't to kill it outright but to send it out for serious "study" -- to some lonely subcommittee or outside agency, where it will languish and eventually die a slow, agonizing death from neglect. Senate Bill 163, which wou ... More >>
Alonzo Ashley.In July, Alonzo Ashley died at the Denver Zoo after being tased by police. The coroner's office subsequently ruled the death a homicide, but the Denver District Attorney's Office isn't charging anyone with a crime in relation to it; see the decision statement below. This turn of ... More >>
Joseph Lightfoot.Update: Joseph Lightfoot was originally charged with felony child abuse for a legal medical marijuana grow simply because he had three kids living in the home where he was cultivating. The count was later bumped down to a couple of misdemeanors, to which Lightfoot pleaded gui ... More >>
Marvin Booker.Manager of Safety Charley Garcia's decision to fire cops in the Michael DeHerrera beating and Denver Diner macing didn't earn officials a free pass from those upset that no criminal charges were filed in the July 2010 jail death of Marvin Booker. Here's one angry response.
Big pic below.DNA may not be forever, but it can survive long enough to prompt charges for years-old crimes -- like, for instance, the one that just gob-smacked Steven Lee Hill. He's now been accused of sexually assaulting a 59-year-old woman along an East Mississippi bike path back in 2007 - ... More >>
Katie Sepich.A new law went into affect in Colorado today that will require anyone arrested for a felony to submit a DNA sample. "Katie's Law" is named after 22-year-old New Mexico State University graduate student, Katie Sepich, who was raped and murdered in 2003. Governor Bill Ritter signed ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.Mayor John Hickenlooper is out with a statement in the wake of Denver DA Mitch Morrissey's just-announced decision not to file charges in the Denver Jail death of Marvin Booker on July 9. He says the investigation is ongoing, and reveals that his office is working with Booke ... More >>
A sign of times gone by.News that the old Pig 'N Whistle restaurant on West Colfax burned down this morning couldn't help leaving Eddie "Punch" Bohn with mixed emotions. After all, Punch's dad, Eddie Bohn, was the man who turned the site into a Denver landmark for the lion's share of the Twen ... More >>
Prosecutors say Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams (left) was shot and killed by 26-year-old Willie Clark (right) on New Year's Day 2007. Westword is covering the trial of Willie Clark, accused of murdering Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams early on New Year's Day 2007. The m ... More >>
Tom Tancredo will have his Kumbaya moment at 10 a.m. today, when he gathers with Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis and other top GOPs -- including former governor Bill Owens and former gubernatorial Josh Penry -- to unveil an agreed-upon set of Republican principles. And that ... More >>
Mitch Morrissey hopes all you at-large criminals have siblings who've been busted.Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey is psyched. For the past several years, he's been working with colleagues in the Denver Police Department's crime lab, among others, to prove the efficacy of a method abl ... More >>
Cory Voorhis."Tony Rouco is really a small piece of the puzzle," former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Cory Voorhis says about an ICE supervisor who reportedly gave false testimony under oath. "It's most obvious that the wrongdoing is at some level higher." In some respects, ... More >>
Chantell Taylor.While crowing earlier today about an Institute exposé focusing on uncompleted conflict-of-interest forms that embarrassed the Bill Ritter administration, the Independence Institute's Jon Caldara scoffed at the notion that Colorado Ethics Watch might take action against the De ... More >>
Right before he headed into his lovefest/confirmation hearing for the Secretary of the Interior post, still-Senator Ken Salazar and new Senator Mark Udall sent President-elect Barack Obama the names of three candidates for U.S. attorney, since that post generally goes with the winning party, and Rep ... More >>
In an "Extra!" side channel item from today's Rocky Mountain News, Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey (pictured), expresses her displeasure at an online headline affixed to a story announcing that her boss might receive a $32,000 boost in pay. "I don't want to ... More >>
Alan Prendergast is at the center of a recent "How I Got That Story" feature. The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies is an organization devoted to publications like this one -- and to good writing in general. To that end, AAN has created a regular feature dubbed "How I Got That Story," in whi ... More >>
Willie Clark. Word that Willie Clark, a longtime suspect in the slaying of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, had been charged with the crime, triggered sighs of relief throughout the community. But should we feel confident that justice will finally, belatedly be done? The evidence as lai ... More >>
Jason Bane helped start ColoradoPols.com, but now he's stepped away from the web and into public life.
Critics raise questions regarding an impressive Post series shortly after it's named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
The April 3 Message column looks at two separate attacks on “Trashing the Truth,” a series of articles about the use and abuse of DNA evidence in prosecutions that was published by The Denver Post in July 2007. The pieces are among three finalists for an investigative Pulitzer Prize; the winning ... More >>
A look at the revolving door of term limits.
Pen and stink in the Jeffco jail.
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Denver's DA candidates take a seat in the docket.
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Notorious Denver informant Mark Tibbs has finked his way through a lot of cases. But can he talk his way out of this one?
The candidates in the Denver's DA's race refuse to come to order.