| Crime |

DA Carol Chambers: Avoiding the inevitable

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

As Westword's Alan Prendergast has reported in a series of blogs, Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour Jr. has ordered district attorney Carol Chambers to appoint a special prosecutor in the case of Julie Stene, who says she was sexually assaulted after a 2000 high school graduation party by two men, one of whom went on to play football at the University of Colorado, where he came under scrutiny as part of the sex scandal that erupted there two years later. Samour had told Chambers to choose a prosecutor by 5 p.m. yesterday, but the Colorado Court of Appeals subsequently granted her a one-day stay -- meaning that she's supposed to make her pick by the same time today. Will Chambers try to convince a higher judicial body to extend the time again? Could the Colorado Supreme Court give her two more days? Might the U.S. Supreme Court grant her a week? Or will she finally decide to follow Samour's initial order and allow the case to move forward? Of such questions are legal dramas made.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.