Rob Corry, marijuana advocate, arrested after allegedly breaking RV window

Attorney Rob Corry is frequently quoted in this space due to his role as one of the area's most active and outspoken advocates for marijuana-law reform.

His appearance today is about a far-less flattering matter -- his arrest last week on misdemeanor charges related to his interactions with the owner of a recreational vehicle. Corry allegedly broke the RV's window.

Corry isn't talking at this point -- but here's what we know so far.

A Denver police report lists the incident time as Thursday, June 13, between 8:45 and 8:55 p.m. in the area of South Beeler Street and East Jefferson Avenue, and the initial charges are recorded as felony menacing and misdemeanor criminal mischief. But the felony appears not to have stuck. We've learned that Corry has received a municipal summons and complaint related to property damage and disturbing the peace -- both misdemeanors.

What happened? Corry responded to an interview request via e-mail by writing, "It would be premature for me to comment at this time."

That leaves the ticket given to Corry (and obtained by 9News) as our main source of information. According to that document, Corry and the owner of the RV got into a verbal dispute that ended with Corry breaking the vehicle's window.

The ticketing officer notes that Corry didn't offer a reason for breaking the window.

Interesting observations are added by a commenter on the 9News article; he describes himself as Corry's neighbor. The commenter writes positively about the attorney ("one of the most decent people I've met") before noting that "there are two RVs that park on our street with random people living in them. I don't know what happened or the details of the incident, but living in RVs decide to make your street their home, I think it's pretty clear that families with young children might feel a tad bit uncomfortable."

Whatever the case, Corry is due back in court on June 28 in relation to the matter -- and it's not his first time as a defendant. In 1998, according to this 2006 Rocky Mountain News article, he was "charged in Washington, D.C., with menacing some drinking buddies with a shotgun" and served 35 days in jail. Then, in 2006, he was accused of sexual assault for an incident that took place at his Arvada home.

In the latter case, a female friend with narcolepsy who'd been drinking wound up spending the night at the residence Corry shared with his then-wife, Jessica Peck. The woman subsequently awakened to discover that a naked man was on top of her. She initially thought it was her boyfriend and began performing oral sex on him, only to discover moments later that the person in question was actually Corry, who later blamed his behavior on alcohol.

A State Bar Court of California document reveals the resolution of the case: Corry eventually pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and in January 2007, he was sentenced to five years probation and sixty days in jail. Corry is said to have served 44 days behind bars before being released early due to good behavior and is said to have undergone treatment for substance abuse.

Clearly, the latest matter doesn't rise to the seriousness of these earlier brushes with the law -- and like all accused individuals, Corry is innocent until proven guilty.

Here's a larger look at Corry's booking photo.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: Rob Corry likes some A64 task force recommendations, hates even more."

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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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