Manzanares Prosecutor No Stranger To Controversy

Larry Manzanares’ suicide has prompted fury and finger-pointing, with many of his friends, colleagues and even strangers weighing in with harsh criticism at prosecutors and the media for taking the porn angle and twisting it until the well-respected former judge and Denver City Attorney broke.

Ironically, the Jefferson County district attorney’s office, which released an 80-page affidavit at a news conference designed to highlight what they claimed were “massive” amounts of porn (the Rocky Mountain News dutifully repeated the description in its subsequent headline and news story) on Saturday had no comment – other than expressing “sadness.”

The Denver Post quoted Mark Pautler, the senior chief deputy district attorney who led the investigation, saying: “I’m sorry that it happened.”

This is the same Mark Pautler who, in 2001, was disciplined for pretending he was a public defender in the William “Cody” Neal ax murder case (or, as the Colorado Supreme Court put it, “engaging in dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation”). It’s the same Mark Pautler who, in another case authorized a search warrant of the office of the Denver Peace and Justice Commission – which allowed seizing membership lists –

Like this story? Steal it! Feel free to republish it in part or in full, just please give credit to The Colorado Independent and add a link to the original.

Got a tip? Story pitch? Send us an e-mail. Follow The Colorado Independent on Twitter.



About the Author

Cara Degette

Leave a Response

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>