Author Michael Roberts
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A new lawsuit argues that a coverup tainted the investigation into the March 2013 murder of Colorado prisons boss Tom Clements, and after the plaintiff, former sheriff’s office commander Juan San Agustin, spoke out about it, he was indicted in retaliation as part of the scandal that surrounded his boss, Sheriff Terry Maketa. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The video showing the fatal shooting of Steven Nguyen by three police officers is disturbing in the extreme, and after watching it, many viewers will question whether the gun-down was necessary even though a prosecutor has determined that it was legally justified. But the footage is important beyond the facts of the case, which involve mistaken identity; the officers weren’t originally seeking Nguyen, but someone else entirely. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A state supreme court has agreed to hear a bizarre case that combines jury nullification, juror tampering and a grisly murder that left five people dead. And one of its main protagonists is a man known for appearing in public with an oversized hand flipping a bird emblazoned with the slogan “Fuck Cops.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Pam Fine, who filed a lawsuit last year over abuse allegedly suffered at the hands of Joe Tumpkin, a former assistant football coach at a major college, has launched a Change.org petition decrying the possibility that he will be offered a misdemeanor plea deal that she characterizes as a wrist slap. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: In many places, a killer clown display outside a costume store in the weeks before Halloween wouldn’t seem strange. But the one decorating a Spirit outlet is located just on the same block where a shocking murder involving a killer wearing clown-like makeup took place just over a year ago. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Police arrested NFL quarterback Chad Kelly on a criminal-trespassing charge. At approximately 1:17 a.m. on the day of his bust, officers responded to an address regarding “a male standing outside a residence.” The release points out that while officers were responding, “they received information that the male was now inside the residence.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: In “Was Gary Hart Set Up?” published by The Atlantic, writer James Fallows shares a claim that a photo of Senator Gary Hart with a young woman name Donna Rice, which ultimately ended Hart’s 1988 run for the White House, was a trap arranged by a political operative of future president George H.W. Bush. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: One big city neighborhood is caught in a vicious cycle, flinging fighting words back and forth online while a series of protest “art” installations involving a kiddie pool and smelly dog poop suddenly appeared at traffic circles that sparked the controversy in the first place. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A Miami man flew to Denver International Airport on a quest to buy a specific BMW, but he didn’t find a car. Instead, a lawsuit alleges, he was extorted for $50 by an Advantage Rent A Car employee and given a rental car with forty pounds of marijuana in the trunk. Westword has the story.