Philip Van Cise's crime busting to be remembered at Bill Ritter-led dedication of new justice center named for him

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.

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.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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