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Vail Daily letter: Carey for district attorney

The District Attorney's Office in Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek Counties is a disaster and it has caused public safety to suffer. That is why I am endorsing Bruce Carey for district attorney. As your district attorney for a decade, I am uniquely qualified to know what it takes to keep our community safe.

Although the current district attorney's four years have been so scandal plagued it calls into question his honesty and ethics, the main goal of the district attorney is public safety. The question that every citizen needs to ask is whether the current District Attorney's Office provides for public safety. In this case, the answer is a resounding no.

Currently, the District Attorney's Office has a constant revolving door of lawyers and staff. The lawyers are untrained and are given no guidance. And when these new and untrained lawyers are in court against more experienced defense counsel, then the guilty go free, victims are hurt and our safety is put in serious jeopardy. A lack of training and guidance is a lack of leadership at the top. Bruce Carey will not only show the leadership to put an end to the revolving door but also provide the training and guidance needed.

The current District Attorney's Office also lacks the courage to take the tough case to trial. They will put out a press release when charges are filed and then give a sweetheart deal. There is a little girl in Summit County who will carry physical and emotional scars for the rest of her life because the current DA's Office lacked the courage to take her case to trial. They pled her rapist down to virtually nothing and let him get out of jail where he then went directly to the little girl's house and he stabbed her. Bruce Carey will show the courage to take the tough cases to trial. He has promised to have his own caseload, taking the good cases as well as the bad.

The current district attorney also lacks the courage to take responsibility when he makes a mistake. In the case with the little girl from Summit, in a TV interview he blamed the judge. In the Denver Post, when confronted about taking too many vacation days and leaving his office rudderless, he again lashed out, blaming others. Bruce Carey has already shown the courage needed to admit wrong and accept responsibility. When confronted about a mistake from 20 years ago, he didn't blame others, he took responsibility and told us the lessons he learned.

Bruce Carey has the courage we need from our DA. Bruce Carey is the person who can make public safety a priority in the District Attorney's Office and that is why I am endorsing him for district attorney.

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Mark Hurlbert

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