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Vail Daily letter: Brown for district attorney

I do not live in the 5th Judicial District, but here in Grand County, which is in the 14th Judicial District. Here is real information that every voter in the 5th Judicial District needs to know about your current district attorney, Bruce Brown.

I was involved with a group of Grand County citizens that were suspect of a $500,000 embezzlement in the Grand County Building Department over a 10-year period. Our group did some open records requests and uncovered even more corruption from a Grand County commissioner. This information was presented to the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, which recused itself from any investigation involving a sitting Grand County commissioner.

The case was turned over to special prosecutor, Bruce Brown from your 5th Judicial District.

Bruce reviewed the evidence​​ took a strong stand, and stated​:​" Elected officials are held to a higher standard." The initial charges were one count of first-degree official misconduct, a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Then, during the ongoing criminal process, new information became available that much more embezzlement had been discovered of this sitting commissioner. Mr. Brown withdrew the original charges and submitted new charges. The amended complaint filed in the case listed 53 charges​,​ including 48 felonies. The end result: This commissioner was convicted of felony embezzlement, did jail time, and resigned from office.

Bruce Brown and his staff acted with the highest ethical standards, were fair to the defendant, and considered all the evidence, and the results speak for themselves. It would have been very easy for Mr. Brown to stay with the original charges and do much less work in this case, but he went the extra mile and made sure that justice was served for the citizens of Grand County.

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Bruce Brown has proven that he deserves another four years as district attorney in the 5th Judicial District.

I am urging you to vote for Bruce Brown as district attorney in the 5th Judicial District, which includes Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties.

Chas McConnell

​Grand County​