Judge dismisses lawsuit targeting Denver DA
This week a district judge dismissed a lawsuit targeting Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey over his office’s decision to not pursue a criminal case against a Colorado state senator.
The suit was brought by Colorado Ethics Watch, a watchdog group that wanted the district attorney to initiate a criminal investigation into a complaint that the organization filed in April 2007 claiming that Republican Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany, R-Colorado Springs, violated a state law that prohibits public representatives from taking monetary gifts and using them toward official state business.
CEW claims McElhany broke the law when he accepted a gift of $2,700 from a GOP political committee to pay for ColoradoSenateNews.com, the official Web site and communications hub of the state’s Senate Minority Office. CEW also accused McElhany of failing to properly report the $2,700 gift used to fund the Web site.
The district attorney’s office, however, announced that a review of the CEW complaint found no evidence warranting criminal charges. In response the group sued the district attorney for not pursuing the case, but a district judge threw out the suit on Tuesday after considering written arguments.