Vail Daily letter: Brown for district attorney
I am amazed what one can find out when doing a background check on who to vote for. Did you know that on March 29, 1996, Bruce Carey, current Republican nominee for the Office of District Attorney, Judicial District 5, State of Colorado, was convicted in District Court, Lake County, Colorado, of the offense of first-degree official misconduct, by guilty plea? I did not.
The plea was premised upon criminal charges, contained in a “Second Amended Information,” charging the following crimes:
Count One: Bribery, a Class 3 felony, victim Lake County Sheriff Rodney Fenske, then the assistant police chief of Leadville Police Department, in an attempt to prevent Leadville Police Department Officer John Wederquist from testifying.
Count Two: Tampering with a witness or victim, a Class 4 felony, victim Leadville Police Department Officer John Wederquist, “to absent himself from an official proceeding to which he had been legally summoned.”
Count Three: Tampering with a witness or victim, a Class 4 felony, victim Officer Gary Ward, Eagle Police Department, “to absent himself from an official proceeding to which he had been legally summoned.”
Count Four: First degree official misconduct, a Class 2 misdemeanor, by advising Officer Gary Ward, Eagle Police Department, from refraining to perform an official duty.
The Colorado Supreme Court issued an opinion after Carey’s admission of misconduct in his capacity of a licensed attorney publicly censuring Carey. A “public censure” is defined as a “reproach published with other grievance decisions and made available to the public.” The factual circumstances described in the court’s opinion are that Carey twice asked police officers to not appear at DMV driver’s license revocation hearings pending against persons arrested for driving under the influence.
The disciplinary action against Carey rested upon his violation of Rules of Professional Conduct: Engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, by “calculating to cause the suppression of relevant evidence at the revocation hearing in a manner not authorized by statute or other law”; and engaging in conduct that adversely reflects on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law.
For me, I would like a district attorney that will uphold the law, not try to bend or break it. Character matters, and from what I have read about Bruce Carey, his character does not rise to the level needed to be district attorney for me.
Bruce Brown will get my vote.