At 9 a.m. Thursday morning, Denver County Judge Melvin Okamoto, who's retiring at the end of the month, called Courtroom T into session and promptly began dispensing justice to a motley crew of folks charged with misdemeanors -- shoplifting, trespassing, public intoxication, riding a bike on a sidewarlk while intoxicated.
And then up came Eric Coleman, who pleaded guilty. "I was just celebrating Obama's win," explained Coleman, who was wearing an Obama "History Made 2008" T-shirt. "I was pretty buzzed up."
So buzzed up that the judge sentenced him to finish the celebration with a day in jail. -- Patricia Calhoun
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.