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Zinna v. Congrove: It ain't over until it's over

8 years ago by Michael Roberts
Jim Congrove. Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Congrove had such an eventful first term in office — a grand jury probe into his financial dealings, a Colorado Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the county's use of a private investigator who happens to be a bosom pal of Big Jim, a slew...
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Jeepers Creepers, Jeffco's Peepers

9 years ago by Sean Cronin
Yes, it's a bit creepy that Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Congrove hired his buddy, ex-cop-turned-private-dick Daril Cinquanta, to follow around gadfly Mike Zinna. Creepier still that Congrove got the county to pay more than $7,000 for Cinquanta's surveillance services, slipping the request past his sleepy-headed fellow commissioners on the grounds...
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Mike Zinna: Appeals court affirms activist's right to legal fees in free-speech battle

2 years ago by Alan Prendergast
A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has affirmed that developer-turned-gadfly Mike Zinna is entitled to substantial legal fees in his long-running feud with Jefferson County officials -- who, he claimed, tried to intimidate him, put him under surveillance and violated his constitutional right...
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The Jeffco Shuffle

10 years ago by Michael Roberts
Now that former Jefferson County treasurer Mark Paschall has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly soliciting a kickback from an employee out of the enormous bonus he tossed her way (see details here), what's next for the gang of blundering bureaucrats in Golden's Taj Mahal? This is the...
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Dog Days

11 years ago by Alan Prendergast
Sprinting through a light agenda in a matter of minutes, the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners seems eager to adjourn its weekly meeting. But first there's the pesky matter of public comment -- now restricted to the first Tuesday of every month, the better to keep a certain loudmouth...
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The Lords of Payback

8 years ago by Alan Prendergast
In the endless muddle of battle between Mike Zinna and The Powers That Be in Jefferson County, moments of truth have been hard to find. But once in a while there's a burst of light over the benighted trenches, like a flare from heaven, that offers a glimpse of the...
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Revenge of the gadflies: Douglas Bruce and Mike Zinna win free-speech verdicts

7 years ago by Alan Prendergast
How odd, yet oddly fitting, that this week two of the state's most dogged and outspoken government critics won key victories in separate courtrooms within hours of each other. Call it a blow for... outspokenness. Down in Colorado Springs, the perpetually cranky Douglas Bruce has prevailed in his quest to...
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Mike Zinna: Jeffco on hook for legal fees in costly court battle

4 years ago by Alan Prendergast
When developer-turned-muckraker Mike Zinna won a modest $1,791 judgement against a former Jefferson County commissioner in 2009, after years of convoluted intrigues and litigation, his supporters hailed the decision as an important, if largely symbolic, victory for the rights of online government critics. But this week, an appeals court ruled...
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A falling out among "coconspirators" in Jeffco spy case

7 years ago by Alan Prendergast
The proverbial wheels of justice turn slowly but not always surely. So it's always interesting when the gears spit out a real acknowledgment of wrongdoing, even if the folks involved are all pointing fingers at each other. Recent documents filed in Mike Zinna's long-running court battles with Jefferson County government...
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Letters to the Editor

"Teen Angle," Jessica Centers, July 3 Separation of Church and Straight The word "evangelical" has some pretty nasty connotations in many corners: greedy, judgmental and, most of all, arrogant. In my experience, this is oftentimes well-deserved. But having lived with Greg Stier for a year in college, and having attended...

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