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Tough love from the judge

Don Rogers

With due regard to the Denver Post’s sudden concern for jury pools, their editorial Wednesday lambasting Judge Gannett for admonishing the prosecution in his Kobe Bryant ruling this week appeared out of focus.

The Post, which perhaps ought to be more concerned about erroneous though certainly sensational reporting early in the case, thanks to some unreliable sources, compared Gannett to the infamous Judge Lance Ito who oversaw the O.J. Simpson trial.

Ito caught flak primarily for allowing live television coverage during the trial, which led to a lot of grandstanding. Gannett, in case the Post truly was napping through the prelim, kept the cameras out.

He did make decisions that allowed Bryant’s defense team to cross examine the prosecution’s sole witness, the lead investigator of the sexual assault case.

The cross examination showed all too clearly that this small part of the prosecutors’ evidence – in this case the foundation the rest will be built upon – was stunningly fragile. It’s not merely that the evidence presented was weak, but that the core evidence is weak. Tack on the fact that there is no eyewitness to the incident June 30 and that the alleged victim’s own admitted actions that night leave room for sensible questions. Widespread skepticism among even the professionals can’t be such a surprise.

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The Post would have done better to thank the judge for sending the prosecutors a frank message about their case. Come to think of it, the District Attorney’s Office ought to do the same.

Ferry goofs

Columnist Kaye Ferry erred Wednesday in some of the facts in her statements about ski pass prices:

n She declared that Summit County does not have a merchant pass program. Wrong.

Vail Resorts has not set this year’s price for the program. Last year, the Summit County merchant pass sold for $549.

n Ferry said Summit County locals would pay $20 more to ski up to 10 days in Vail. It’s actually $30.

n She said Eagle County locals would pay $50 to ski on the Summit side of the pass with unlimited days. Wrong. It’s $30.

She was correct in asserting that many Summit County residents ski on Buddy Passes, but that deal ends by November.

Strangely, VR officials suggest, she didn’t mention the weekday-only merchant pass at $649, a new option.

And she could do better than “no comment” in regard to her “rumor” about a big pass price increase. There never was one planned.

On what cold day can the apology be expected?

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