Saturday, September 4, 2010

Billy Lucero's Inquisition

The "presiding disciplinary judge" now in Colorado is a man named William Lucero. Before getting that job he worked at the U.S. Department of Justice on the Summitville case. Of course, there were no prosecutions of any of the criminals involved in Summitville, the biggest environmental disaster from mining ever, in the United States.

To reward him for doing nothing, the Powers-That-Be gave Lucero his present position, Presiding Disciplinary Judge within the Colorado attorney regulatory system. He was also, in 2007, given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Catholic Lawyers' Guild, in something called the Red Mass, where the archdiocese rewards lawyers who are apparently doing work the Church likes.

[March 11, 2018:  just saw that the original links I put in, above, had been "redirected" to sites in Chinese!   I have fixed them, but only by linking to the main awards page.]

Thus, as I interpret this, because Lucero rules "the right way," the Church has told him he's going to heaven.

He runs a kangaroo court because that's what the Fat Cats want. The point of the attorney regulatory system they run is not to protect the public, but to ruin lawyers who challenge the corruption in Colorado.  To this end Lucero mischaracterizes evidence and distorts legal holdings. He interfered with his clerk's preparation of the record to ensure materials I needed to win my case on appeal were not transmitted; interrupted my witnesses on the stand to prohibit them from putting testimony favorable to me in the record; and issued groundless "protective orders," to protect the judges I had subpoenaed, and their attorney confederates, from having to admit their improper ex parte communications. He even massaged transcripts before the reporter certified them, to neutralize testimony which might have embarrassed any of the important people he toadies to. He routinely enshrines in orders false statements made by the prosecutors, knowing they are false, to make it look like there's something there to support the sanction they have asked for.  He knows when they're lying, but he overlooks it.  It's OK when it's the prosecutors lying, see, because it's all in the service of God (and they're Catholics, too).

Why is the Catholic Church giving awards to lawyers, anyway? Could there be a plan to elevate Catholic lawyers to public office precisely because they know they will take direction from the Church in preference to any competing human-made rule of conduct, such as little insignificant principles like due process and the First Amendment?  Indeed, Thomas More was sanctified because he put his duty to the Church over his duty to the king. 

Six of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices are Catholic: Alito, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Sotomayor, and Kennedy. (The other three are Jewish. Wikipedia has an article about the cooperation between the Italian and Jewish Mafia.) There are too many Catholic judges to count in Colorado, as well as on the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; and all of them I consider to be owned outright by the development interests, particularly the mobbed-up Brownstein, Farber law firm and its client Larry Mizel. They include now-retired John McMullen of the Denver District Court; Mary Mullarkey, until October 2010 the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, who got the St. Thomas More award in 1999; Greg Hobbs, the water developers' advocate on the Colorado Supreme Court (who I am convinced drove the retaliatory disciplinary proceedings against me); and presumably the many judges or magistrates on the U.S. District Court who have Hispanic, Irish, or Italian last names.  Listed members of the Catholic Lawyers Guild are Judge John Kane, who got the St. Thomas More award in 1983 and was irregularly "transferred" onto my case in federal court; creepy Colorado Attorney General John Suthers (see the Mar. 7 entry on that link), who attended Notre Dame and got the "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2005; Ken Salazar, who got the St. Thomas More award in 2003; and former governor Bill Ritter, who got the St. Thomas More award in 2000.  (This, even though Ritter killed a guy while playing missionary in Zambia.)  Attorney James Lyons got the award in 1998.  (See my post "Ken Salazar Unwrapped" about most of these people's participation in covering up, and likely profiting from, Summitville--and that's just one of their many fraudulent--and murderous--undertakings.)  The address given for the Catholic Lawyers' Guild and St. Thomas More Society is the Denver DA's office and the Denver D.A. has been a Catholic as far back as I can remember. Another participant in this cabal is the publication known as Law Week, which, similarly, is run by Catholics and gives gushing publicity and awards (e.g., Superlawyer of the Decade!), to Catholic lawyers, itself.  They've got every corner pinned down.

I even had Opus Dei on my case. It is not statistically probable this occurred by chance. One of the judges in the first disciplinary case against me to go to hearing is at least a closet member, since his son is the head of Opus Dei in Colorado. His name is Steven Ezell. His demeanor during my hearing was scary--rigid and unsmiling--and now I understand why. He was put there to do a specific job and it had nothing to do with considering the evidence or the law.

The hypothesis I'm arriving at is that Catholic lawyers and judges are acting to further a common goal, which is to funnel money back to the Church or make it more powerful in other ways, as a result of their rulings and activities. And they are rewarded handsomely.  So when a judge takes a bribe, he gives some portion back to the Church, or the party his ruling benefits does.

And then there is the pedophilia in the Church. And the cover-up of the pedophilia.  And even cover-up of murders by priests.

Is the Mafia simply an arm of the Catholic Church (or vice versa)?  To what extent is Opus Dei operating in Colorado? When Billy Lucero thumbs his nose at the Constitution, does it count as mortification of the flesh?

I wish I could tell you. At the least, it sure appears the Catholics still love inquisitions--they have never quite been able to wean themselves from the heady pleasure of torturing the poor wretches who express different views, tying them to a stake, lighting a big fire underneath, and watching them twist and scream.

Update, Dec. 4, 2011: I have been referred to this site about the Red Mass held in Washington, for the Supreme Court justices, as well as other states!  My interpretation is looking spot on.

John Gleason, Lawyer Impersonator?

[This post is continued in "Gleason's Greasin'" and "John Gleason, Mob Plant"; and is a continuation of "John Gleason and Me."]

***Updated June 1, 2015***

There is compelling evidence that John Gleason--the man holding the office of Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Counsel--is not a lawyer.

According to online bios [(1) and (2)], Gleason says he "earned a law degree" from Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law.  This law school says on its website that it requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution for admission.  There is substantial evidence Gleason never obtained the undergraduate baccalaureate degree.

He would have had to have earned it prior to taking on his employment with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Colorado, in 1977.  He did attend Bowling Green State University in Ohio for about one year before coming to Colorado, as discussed below.   His application to the ACSO, in 1977, is Gleason's own admission that did not graduate from BGSU, however, since he said on it he had only an AA in law enforcement from a technical college.  See also p. 21 of 129 of his ACSO personnel file, his supervisor's approval of tuition reimbursement for courses at local Columbia College so John could "get his degree" in psychology.  Gleason left the sheriff's office in 1982 for law school, so there was no opportunity to return to Bowling Green State University after 1977.

Corroborating evidence he never graduated from BGSU--not necessary because of the admission in his ACSO application--includes a 1996 book of alumni, which has no listing for "John S. Gleason" (although there is one for his brother, James Rudy Gleason).  Only one BGSU directory ever listed him as a student ("A&S junior"), in 1973-74.  Two others show him as a campus police officer (Temporary 1971 BGSU directory and the ConSurvey Directory of 1974, which I did not copy).  There is no listing for John S. Gleason, ever, in the BGSU yearbook The Key.

It appears Gleason very much wants to call BGSU his alma mater, but cannot, because he did not graduate.  A list on the BGSU website contains the names of thousands of donors, almost all of which are followed by year of graduation--e.g., "Barry Smith '67."  John Gleason's name is on this list but is not followed by a year [(p. 6 of 7)].  In fact, he regrets not having graduated from BGSU so much that he must have forgotten he didn't actually do so, since he told a writer for the Oregon State Bar Bulletin that he "earned an undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University[.]"

This is a baldfaced lie, therefore.  Keep in mind that this man became the Moral Police for the Colorado Bar, sending real lawyers like me to their professional graves.  Or maybe ONLY me, because it appears he protected the truly corrupt lawyers in return for payoffs (see my later blog post, Gleason's Greasin').

Does Gleason have an undergraduate degree from any other institution?  While at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office from 1977 to 1982, Gleason did take several courses at Columbia College, a for-profit institution with military connections in Aurora, Colorado, which is in the business of selling degrees.  Gleason puts this on his bio apparently to make people think he went to "Columbia University."  Because Gleason left the sheriff's office directly for law school, going back to Ohio for that in 1982, his bachelor's degree, if he got one, had to have been from Columbia College.  Indeed, taking courses there was the largest part of what he did at ACSO, as can be seen from his personnel file (pp. 22-30, 32-49).  Taxpayers paid for that:  two courses every eight weeks for several semesters.  But his grades are blacked out and there is no certificate of graduation in the file.  A person at the registrar's office of Columbia College, to whom I spoke on Oct. 29, 2013, would not tell me whether Gleason had graduated, but indirectly confirmed that was the right school, by telling me there was a "block" on his record. 

Note the carefully worded bios [Exhibits (1) and (2)] stating that he "attended" Columbia College and "attended" Bowling Green State University.  He never says he graduated from either of these undergraduate institutions.  Interestingly, he also says he "earned a law degree" from Pettit, again a careful choice of words. He used the same locution ("earned a degree") in the Oregon Bar Bulletin article respecting BGSU.  There is no firm evidence he graduated from law school, either, although I did find he lived in Ada, Ohio, where ONU is, from 1983-85; and was listed in the index of the yearbooks in 1983, 1984, and 1985.  No pictures, though, and no designation of him as a graduate, or even as a law student.  As to the pictures, that is particularly weird, because photos of all graduating law school classes going back many years hang on the walls of the main building of Pettit Law School.  I walked around looking at all of them.  The photo from 1985 is not there--and that is the only one missing.

Gleason also made misleading statements in his bios about his work experience.  One states that he "previously served as a criminal prosecutor" for several years (Exhibit 1).  Another (Exhibit 2) says he "served in the Allen County Prosecutor's Office"--without saying where Allen County is.  Mind you, these bios were written when he had lived and worked in Colorado for 30 years.  Allen County, Ohio, is, in fact, where Ohio Northern University is located.  I contacted the prosecutor's office in Allen County and they have no record of Gleason ever working there, not even as a student intern (Exhibit 5).  Thus, Gleason's statement to the Oregon State Bar Bulletin that he "clerked in district attorneys' offices" was also a lie.   An internship is not the same thing as a clerkship.  (Sorry, John, but you ought to recognize resume padding better than anyone.  In fact, the goon would prosecute a sole practitioner for this type of lie.)  I also contacted the Ohio attorney registration office and they said Gleason was not registered as an attorney in Ohio and had never sat for the bar exam in Ohio.  So, Gleason's statement in his bios that he "served in the prosecutor's office" is intended to make people believe he had lengthy experience working as a prosecuting attorney, when he had no such experience at all.  Zero.

Gleason's bios also state that he was “in private practice with a law firm in Denver for several years" [Exhibits (1) and (2)],  making it sound like he had a wealth of experience in civil litigation before coming to OARC, as well.  By the time of his interview with the OSB Bulletin (after this post had been online for three years), he shaved it down to a "couple of years in private practice."  This is misleading, too.  He was admitted to the bar in Colorado in 1985, and worked with a sole practitioner named Robert Bartholic before being employed by the Supreme Court's Office of Disciplinary Counsel in late 1987 or early 1988.  I found this out by going through back issues of the Legal and Financial Directory to match up the office address.  He was listed at the Supreme Court's address in the 1988-89 directory, which was stamped "Received" by the Supreme Court Library in August 1988.  So Gleason either was working there already, or knew he would be, as of the cut-off date for that publication, which was April 1988.  At most, therefore, Gleason worked 2-1/2 years for Bartholic after being admitted to the bar in October 1985.  I talked to Bartholic on Feb. 17, 2010, who said he did no litigation and that he "didn't really have enough business to keep Gleason busy."  Thus, as I said above, Gleason had never done any civil litigation or criminal prosecution as a lawyer prior to getting his job at OARC. [As I found out later, Bartholic's main claim to fame is as Most Worshipful Master of all the Colorado Masonic lodges--see Gleason's Greasin'.  Curiously, Gleason's close friend at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, John V. Egan, III--who has also been "Most Worshipful Master"--got a law degree, too, and wound up working for Bartholic at the same time as Gleason, according to Bartholic.]  [I've found out more about Egan which is not good, including his participation with Gleason as co-executors on certain wills--and his suspension from practice after Gleason left Colorado.  More to come.]

The Attorney Registration Office in Colorado says--incredibly--that it does not keep old employment records of attorneys or judges.  You cannot even find out if the judge on your case has a conflict due to prior employment, therefore.  This is why I had to page through back issues of the Colorado Legal and Financial Directory to find where Gleason had practiced, before starting at OARC, by matching up the address given for him with the address of the Bartholic firm.

I located the advertisement for the job Gleason got at the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, in the Sept. 1987 issue of The Colorado Lawyer.  It was published only that one time.  The text is as follows:

"Full time & half-time investigative counsel, Supreme Court Grievance Committee.  $36,876-42,684,  full-time; $18,348-21,342, half-time.  Must be adm. to prac. in CO w/at least 3 yrs law prac. to related exp.  Send ltr. of interest, res. & one writ. sample to Committee Counsel, 600 17th St., #500S, Denver  80203-5435 by 8/25/87."

This jibes with what Maximillian Potter reported in a June 2010 article in 5280 Magazine that Gleason was hired by OARC as an investigator.  The problem is, he did not have at least the required three years of experience when he applied (although the ad is garbled).  He did not even have two, since he was admitted to the bar in October 1985.  Interestingly, too, it appears that the 8/25/87 deadline stated in the ad for submitting applications would already have passed by the time the September 1987 issue was published, so that the ad was spurious.  (I remember applying for this job myself.  I'm an Ivy League graduate who scored in the 98th percentile on the LSAT, and I did not get an interview.)

The ad also required the applicant to submit a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample.  In open records requests to the OARC which both Sean Harrington (of and I made early in 2010, we were told, first--not by Gleason, but by deputy attorney general Maurie Knaizer, who had zero authority in the matter--that only Gleason could produce these records, since he was in charge of the office, and that Gleason was out of town.  Too bad, Maurie said.  After Gleason came back, Knaizer told us the records "do not exist."  So, what happened to them?  These documents were part of a personnel file and a public record.  Gleason was in charge of them and now they “do not exist.”   

I tried again, in late 2013, with another records request to Gleason's successor James Coyle.  He turned it down for a new reason:  in 2012, OARC got a yummy sundae with a cherry on top from the Colorado Court of Appeals, a ruling that it is exempt from producing any records, at all!  The Court just created a new exception to the law on its own!  The criminality of the legal profession is a seamless web.  Here is my disgusted reply.

Then there is the mystery of the bar exam.  Pettit College of Law boasts on its website that one-third of its student body scored in the 25th percentile on the LSAT.  I do not believe someone who scored in the 25th percentile on the LSAT could pass the Colorado bar exam.  Also, as discussed, Pettit says an undergraduate degree is required for admission.  Did Gleason lie on his application for admission to that school?  Or did someone let him in without this credential?  They won't tell me. 

Did he lie on his application for admission to the bar in Colorado?  I can't get this either, of course.  A long statement from the applicant about his or her education and work experience is required, under oath, to gain admission to the Colorado bar–and then there is the bar exam, which is tough.  Did someone just give him a bar ticket?  And did he lie on his application for employment at OARC?  Is that why it’s gone?  Or did he lie to me in 2010, through Maurie Knaizer, saying that his application materials, which are public records, "do not exist"?  [In recent years I've realized it's not there because he never submitted an application.  He was pre-selected for the position, and the advertisement in The Colorado Lawyer was a ruse to make it look like there was a neutral selection process.] The Board of Bar Examiners did tell me he sat for the bar exam in 1985, but would not document that fact; and the list of persons who passed, which they used to post on the Supreme Court library window twice a year, was not preserved.  The Oregon State Bar, incredibly, told me they did no background investigation of Gleason before hiring him in 2013.

As of my latest research, it strongly appears someone did just give him a bar ticket:  John Moye and James Lyons. The Catholic cabal at work.  My latest blog post about Mr. Gleason covers this:  "John Gleason, Mob Plant." 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Log of Accidental Deaths

This is a list of "accidental deaths" I know of in Colorado and elsewhere, just to keep track of people whose demise might not have been that accidental! (Or, as in the case of Ken Lay and Chips Barry, maybe they are not that dead.)

A common denominator in some of these deaths is the acceptance of a gift to be given the victim in Colorado! Dear Reader, if you have any reason to suspect you might be "offed," don't take any gifts, and especially don't come to Colorado to get them. And stay away from mountains and snow.

I will be adding to and updating this list with more facts as time permits. This list so far is very incomplete.  Note, however, how many of the victims have been involved in the water biz, including how many have had some association with Jim Lochhead (former Brownstein, Hyatt partner and now head of Denver Water) or David Robbins (probably the most powerful water lawyer in Colorado and my particular nemesis).

Gene Amole--"Geno" was a radio station owner for many years (KVOD in Denver) and also a columnist for the Rocky Mountain News. He's the one who taught me to look critically at some of the deals going down in this town, notably Denver International Airport. It's unfortunate that he comes first in this list, because he was 78 when he died. Stuff does happen when you're old. However, Geno would have been someone the Dark Side would've wanted to silence, since he was very knowledgeable, and before he got sick, a very effective critic. He died of cancer in 2002.

A street was named for him, next to the Rocky Mountain News building, which the City named "Gene Amole Way." That has now been obliterated by the fortress they call the "Justice Building."

J. David Barba--Mr. Barba was the Colorado state auditor. I did not know him. I know only that he did two critical audits of the State Board of Land Commissioners and the Colorado Water Conservation Board. I have litigated against both rogue agencies, for transferring public property to well-connected persons or entities, in secret and with no legal authority. Barba had criticized some of their doings, and I was able to use his audits. There may be many more pertaining to other agencies. I regarded him as an honest public servant doing his job. He died of some rare disease at age 52.

Barba had also criticized a $70,000 contract Vikki Buckley had entered into with consultant Sam Riddle, right before he died.  See the post on Buckley, below.

Chips Barry:  Chips was the director of Denver Water, and, before that, Romer's director of Natural Resources. Not exactly revered by his employees.  ("Despised and distrusted" is more like it.) He died in 2010 in an accident on his macadamia nut farm in Hawaii, where he went after he retired. The tractor fell on him.  (Sounds a lot like the demise of sculptor Luis Jimenez, don't you think? A piece of his horse statue supposedly fell on him.)

Gee, how did Chips get a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii? Well, one good source has said he gave away a choice piece of Denver Water's real property in the mountains.  Although retired, right at the time of his death he was scheduled to come back to Denver to shepherd Denver Water through negotiations with the Western Slope over taking the last dribbles of water the city inadvertently left in the streams after its last raids.

Terri Brake--Terri was a criminal defense attorney. I know that she had been connected with Larry Pozner, maybe his partner at one point, because she "subbed" for him in a criminal procedure class he taught, which I took, at the DU law school. That was my only contact with her, but I know that she was very sincere, energetic, and capable. The newspaper said she had been given a hot-tub as a gift, which she had installed in her house, and died of electrocution the very first time she used it.

I have evidence Pozner is one of the attorneys who pays off judges in this state. See "On Winking Judges".

Maybe Terri knew.

Mina Brees:  another unfortunate "suicide," an attorney from Texas who waited until she was visiting some unidentified "friend" in Granby, Colorado, to overdose on unidentified drugs.  She happened to be the mother of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and they were estranged.  Wonder if anyone has totted up the unusual deaths of people associated with football players.  

Vikki Buckley:  Buckley was a Republican African-American woman elected Colorado Secretary of State in 1994.  Although the office was a shambles while she ran it, she was re-elected in 1998.  She died of a heart attack in July 1999 at age 51.  Curiously, a "good friend"--political consultant Sam Riddle--was alone with her when she died.  See Aarone Thompson and Shely Lowe, below; and Dave Barba, above.

Carlson, Elliott & Land:  These men were partners in a water law firm in Denver in the 1980's.  They had just (along with David Robbins) won a big case in the San Luis Valley, with a water speculator called AZT (which had ties to the later water speculator AWDI).  To celebrate, partners Elliott & Land, along with some others--can't remember exactly all, but know that water engineer Harlan Erker was with them--were flying to Alamosa for a victory dinner, but their plane crashed on the way and they were killed.  This was sometime between 1983 and 1985, can't remember. Water lawyer Mary Mead ("Mooey") Hammond should have been on that flight, but was pregnant so didn't go.  Partner John Undem Carlson, probably the most prominent water lawyer in the state at the time, was already in Alamosa, so was also not on that flight.

But John died a few years later, of "thick blood."  Huh???  He was in his early 50's and slim and fit.

Peter Craven:  Craven was a district court judge in Garfield County and replaced Judge Thomas Ossola on our Spring Creek Ranch water cases, when Ossola retired.  (After Craven died, Ossola came back on.)  Not that I liked Craven, but he did deny our opponents their attorney fees (after denying us a right to be heard on the merits).  Not long after he denied their motion for fees, in June 2006, he died--from (you guessed it) a heart attack!--riding his bike.  He was not overweight.  Water attorney Glenn Porzak and his bud Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs (also a water attorney) gave memorial speeches in his honor.  Funny it was they.  I wondered if they were shedding crocodile tears.  Both of them played key roles in the Spring Creek Ranch water theft which was in the Supreme Court, in front of Hobbs, at the time.

Allan Francovich:  No Colorado connection, but I feel like putting this down here.  Francovich was a moviemaker who had done in-depth interviews and investigation of the crash of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.  His movie is online--The Maltese Double Cross--and it is the real deal, real Scots talking angrily about how, as soon as the crash happened, the site was swarming with Americans, FBI and CIA agents who were removing things, handling bodies, and going through luggage.  Although Francovich's theory about Iranians and Syrians and the CIA's bumbling in letting the bomb get on the plane is supportable, even more supportable is a theory that the CIA and FBI exploded the bomb remotely.  He didn't go far enough.  Looking back, the Pan Am crash was the beginning of the sweeping intrusive legislative measures we have seen to "make us safe," which in reality have stripped us of our freedom.  How else could the CIA and FBI have been on the scene so fast?  And then Francovich dies of a heart attack in the Houston airport at age 56, on April 17, 1997.  Right, that sure looks like a natural occurrence.

James Gardner--James was a rancher and the person in Park County, Colorado, who organized and chaired the Park County Water Preservation Coalition to fight the City of Aurora's (and Park County Sportsmen's Ranch's) applications to suck all the groundwater out of South Park. I represented PCWPC in the water rights litigation, so James was my client. He organized 4,000 well owners so that this grassroots opposition was successful; and along the way, we formed a new water conservancy district which now brings in over $180,000 a year in tax moneys. (Basically, I think we created a monster, but that's another story.) James became a Park County commissioner, and had enormous influence and credibility in the county. He then suddenly died of cancer at age 54, in 2006. 

Samuel Hamilton: This man was the director of the Fish and Wildlife Service.  He was 54, fit, and full of plans when he came to Colorado--and died--on Feb. 20, 2010. More here.

George Hickenlooper:  He came to Denver--and died--on Oct. 29, 2010.  He was a moviemaker and the cousin of Mayor John Hickenlooper, who was shortly afterwards elected governor, having been anointed by Larry Mizel (as all must be if they are to have a political future in this state).  Mizel and the Brownstein, Hyatt law firm which represents him are the face of organized crime in this state.  See Brewton, The Mafia, CIA, and George Bush (1992).

The press said immediately afterwards that George Hickenlooper died "of natural causes in his sleep" and the St. Louis Post Dispatch said it was a heart attack.  He had no prior history of heart disease.  And who can say "natural causes" without an autopsy?  See my postings on Sam Hamilton, Robert Mydans, and Allan Francovich.  George Hickenlooper was only 47.  Forty-seven is not old and people don't just drop dead without exhibiting some warning signs.

There has just been a report from the Denver medical examiner that he died of a combination of ethanol and oxymorphone.  Will anyone look to see if he had a prescription for oxymorphone, since it is a controlled substance, or tell us what the pain was he was having, for which this drug was prescribed?

He was here for the premiere of his movie Casino Jack, which is about the scams of Jack Abramoff--"money, greed, and illegal activities."   The connections between Abramoff's payoffs and Indian deals--and Colorado--are legion.  Some criminal convictions within Gale Norton's Department of Interior resulted.  Our former U.S. Attorney Troy Eid had been in practice with Abramoff at Greenberg, Traurig, in the Indian law division (although he publicly denied it).  In the movie, a sign prominently bearing the name "Greenberg Traurig" is displayed.  I'm sure the firm didn't like that.

Maybe this "accidental death" is a message from the mob to cousin John, now Colorado governor.  Toe the line, baby.

Anyway, so yeah.  If someone wants you to come to Colorado to give you an award, take the next flight somewhere else.  Or maybe don't take a flight.

Scott Lawrence--This was our original judge in the Castle Rock election contests, in 1998 and 1999. He was a good man, one of the district court judges for Douglas County, Colorado (in the 18th Judicial District). He awarded us four temporary restraining orders because of illegal activities of the Castle Rock Town Council and Town Attorney Bob Slentz, in their efforts to thwart my clients' initiative and recall efforts. The initiative and recall, brought by concerned citizens, were directed at obtaining some control over the go-go development in Castle Rock. A video of me talking about these election contests and the ballot box stuffing conducted by Rick Reiter and his employees is here.

In prehearing proceedings Judge Lawrence had awarded us our attorney fees for Town Clerk Sally Misare's violation of the Open Records Law. (She sent all the election records to the Town's attorneys in Glendale, 20 miles away, so my clients could not review them.) But ten days before our hearing was to begin in January 2000, Lawrence was rushed into emergency surgery, where they removed his voicebox and part of his tongue. He never returned to the bench, and died about a year later.

Judge Lawrence had previously been treated for throat cancer. However, he was a nonsmoker. His wife, I was told--also a nonsmoker--had also contracted throat cancer and died before Judge Lawrence did. It is very rare for nonsmokers to get throat cancer.  I wonder if they were living in one of the houses built by Richmond-American Homes, Mizel's company.

I want to honor Judge Scott Lawrence here--he was a good man, an honest man, exactly the kind of person who should be on the bench in Colorado but, I fear, no longer is. I often feel like the ancient Greek Diogenes, who went everywhere with a lantern, looking for an honest man. I am looking for an honest judge.

I note that in another election contest I had against attorney Mark Grueskin (who represented the Castle Rock developers in this contest), the judge was also switched at the last minute.  That was a campaign finance contest against the City of Arvada. There, no reason was ever given for the switch.  In both cases the judge was switched from one who was very good for us, ruling our way, to a political hack who rubberstamped everything the developers wanted.

Grueskin is married to a woman named Lola Farber Grueskin, who, it must be presumed, is related to Steve Farber of the mobbed-up law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck.

Chuck Lile: Chuck had been the division engineer for Water Division 7, in Southwestern Colorado, and then was named to be director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Thus, he held very sensitive and important positions impacting water development in Colorado. Chuck died of a brain tumor at age 54, in 1999.

Parker and Carolyn Lofgren:  Please see my post about Denver Public Schools. The Lofgrens won a stay at a house in Aspen through a fundraising auction, where they met their tragic deaths.

Shely Lowe and Aarone Thompson:  Aarone Thompson was reported missing in Nov. 2005, on the eve of her 7th birthday.  The police concluded she had probably been killed at least 2 years earlier; but no body has ever been found.  Shely Lowe was the girlfriend of Aarone's father, Aaron Thompson.  She obviously knew what had happened to Aarone and was named as a "person in interest" by the police, then suddenly died of a heart attack at age 34. We next learn her church had taken out a life insurance policy on her!

A "good friend of the family's" had been black political consultant Sam Riddle.  Another famous friend of Riddle's also died of a heart attack: Vikki Buckley, the Colorado Secretary of State (see above). Riddle was the only one around when she collapsed. 

Aaron Thompson, the father, went to prison for 100 years and all their kids were removed from the home.  Where are they now, I wonder.  Sam Riddle compared Aarone with JonBenet Ramsey, an interesting comparison, particularly if you suspect there is child sex trafficking ring operating in the Denver/Boulder area, in which high public officials are involved, as I do.

Riddle also became the spokesperson for the Shoels family, whose son Isaiah was killed at Columbine.  Turns out Riddle actually lives in Detroit and his lover is Michigan State Rep. Mary Waters.  (Well, he's in prison at the moment.)

Jennifer Moulton: She was the Denver Planning Director. I did not know her, but she obviously held a sensitive position in the middle of the go-go development years. I had understood she carried out her duties in a neutral and professional manner. She got a "rare form of cancer" and died at age 53, in 2003.

Robert Mydans: Mydans was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Colorado who prosecuted economic crimes. (Like Tom Wales; see below.) He went snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park on Feb. 18, 2012--and was "found collapsed" at the trailhead--in other words, before he even got going. No cause of death has ever been given, nor was any autopsy done. Once again (as with Sam Hamilton), the creepy, Ken Salazar-connected Catholic mortuary Horan & McConaty spirited up from Denver and embalmed the body before you could say "boo."

And Mydans's new boss was the creepy Catholic Oppenheimer-fund-connected John Walsh.

Only in Colorado will the public accept "snowshoeing" as a cause of death. See what I mean?  When it happens in the mountains, in the snow, nobody asks questions!

Sue O'Brien--Sue had been the editorial page editor of the Denver Post back when it was still a mostly functioning newspaper. When I ran for Colorado attorney general in 2002, I was being snubbed and excluded from coverage almost everywhere; however, Sue let me publish a guest column, along with the other two candidates. She had wanted them (Ken Salazar and Marti Allbright) to write about water. Ironically, although I am a water attorney, she would not let me write about water! She told me to write about anything else, so I wrote about how "easy" Colorado is. I compared it to the legendary community "Hole in the Wall," the place where killers, bank robbers and other outlaws went to avoid prosecution, since there are never any investigations or prosecutions in this State. In my column, I referred to Qwest as "a criminal enterprise that calls itself a phone company," and directly linked the law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Strickland (now Schreck) to organized crime. While I have no idea whether Sue's approval of this article had anything to do with anything connected with her personal health, she died not long afterwards of cancer.

Monte Pascoe:  Geez, another heart attack felling a fit guy.  Pascoe was in his early 60's walking to work in Denver in 2007, and dropped dead on the sidewalk.  He had been involved in the Spring Creek water case in front of Judge Ossola, representing (I think!) Paul Tudor Jones, yet another mindbogglingly wealthy guy.  In fact, Pascoe had committed misconduct in that case, simply blowing off interrogatories I'd served on him to try and find out why his client was in the case and even who his client was.  He simply never responded.  So that must've been one powerful client.  Pascoe was also on the Denver Water Board, one of the most powerful (and corrupt) bodies in the state.

Mary Sylvester--Mary was a classmate of mine at the DU Law School, and had a Ph.D. in sociology. I was not in close touch with her, but we were friendly. I knew she had gone to work in the administration of Wellington Webb when he became mayor of Denver. She had worked enthusiastically on his campaigns, and he named her the head of Denver Excise and Licenses. Mary then died suddenly. She was single; I know her parents were both deceased; and I have not been able to find any of her friends who might be able to tell me what happened, although I looked for the people who had been quoted in her obituary.  A couple years before she died, however, I ran into her and we briefly chatted. She gave me to understand that she was fighting corrupt things Webb had done. Because this was consistent with my own experience with the Webb Administration, from litigating over his carve-up of the Chatfield Arboretum and theft of the El Jebel Temple', and investigating how his people carved up Daniels Park, I wanted to know more from her. Unfortunately, I never did. Mary, I'm sorry.

Aarone Thompson:  See above, under Shely Lowe.

Ray Wright and Doug Shriver: They were the top two officials with the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, David Robbins's client. They were killed in March 2010, supposedly by snow sliding off a roof of a cabin in Creede. No autopsy done. Ray Wright was a good guy. I did not know Doug Shriver.