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DA Carol Chambers: Avoiding the inevitable

10 years ago by Michael Roberts
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...
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Carol Chambers Seeks Cheaper Executions

11 years ago by Michael Roberts
Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers wasted no time responding to our February 28 feature examining her unusual cost-shifting approach to three death-penalty cases. Within hours after our article appeared online, she fired off the memo below to her prosecution team, blaming the high cost of such cases on defense...
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No Republican is safe -- not even Carol Chambers

11 years ago by Michael Roberts
Carol Chambers. Marilyn Musgrave isn't the only dyed-in-the-pantsuit conservative wandering around this bleary morning wondering what the hell happened to his or her mandate. Several other presumably well-entrenched GOP incumbents around the state hung on by their fingernails in what should have been walkaway races. The case of Carol Chambers,...
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Judge to DA Carol Chambers: Get cracking

10 years ago by Alan Prendergast
Julie Stene has waited nine years for her day in court, and Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour Jr. figures that's long enough. Denying a reluctant district attorney's effort to further delay filing charges in a 2000 rape investigation that the DA's office repeatedly refused to pursue, Judge Samour instructed...
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Carol Chambers, the death penalty and the 7-Eleven slaying

10 years ago by Michael Roberts
It's been a good news-bad news week for Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers. As one of the state's most zealous officials when it comes to pushing for the death penalty, as documented in "Arapahoe County DA Charges Death-Penalty Fees to the State," Alan Prendergast's February 2008 feature, she was...
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Reader: Carol Chambers is leaving office? Good riddance.

"Lethal Election," Alan Prendergast, October 18 The Hot Seat From the law-enforcement community, good riddance, Carol Chambers. And we're happy to see your partner go, as well. Any one of these candidates will do so much better than what has been in office for years. Brian WeissPosted at westword.com Arapahoe...
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If DA Carol Chambers is right, everybody else is wrong

10 years ago by Alan Prendergast
It's rare for a judge to order a reluctant district attorney to purse a rape case, finding that the DA's decision not to file was arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable. But that's what happened last year in a decade-old sex assault case in Arapahoe County that we reported on in "CU...
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George Brauchler wins hotly contested DA race to succeed Carol Chambers

7 years ago by Alan Prendergast
Update, November 8, 3:55 p.m.: I just connected by phone with George Brauchler, the winner in the much-scrutinized race for district attorney in the 18th Judicial District, discussed in detail below. He mused that, aside from the Craig Silverman-Bill Ritter slugfest for Denver DA in the 1990s, this may have...
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Carol Chambers: Is bonus pay for felony convictions about justice, or just us?

8 years ago by Alan Prendergast
News that Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers is paying bonuses to prosecutors who achieve a certain percentage of felony convictions at trial may be raising eyebrows among other DAs, but it's hardly a shocker to anyone who's followed Chambers' other efforts to turn her office into a conviction machine...
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Aurora theater shooting: Carol Chambers, James Holmes and the death penalty

7 years ago by Michael Roberts
At his next court appearance, on Monday, suspected Aurora theater shooter James Holmes is expected to be formally charged by a prosecution team fronted by 18th Judicial District DA Carol Chambers. Our Alan Prendergast is an expert on Chambers thanks to feature articles such as "The Punisher," so it's no...

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