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Colorado Female Basketball Coach Faces Felony Charges For Sex With 17-1/2 Year Old Male “Child” – Basalt High Teacher Lauren Redfern Charged by Eagle DA Mark Hurlbert

Basalt High's Lauren Redfern Coaching Her Girls Basketball Team - Aspen Times

In a bizarre story of legislative ineptitude, sure to invoke the ire of Fox’s Bill O’Reilly for all the wrong reasons, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert has charged the hot, athletic, 25-year old Lauren Redfern with several acts of consensual sex with a male “child” who was also a student at Colorado’s Basalt High where Ms. Redfern taught him a P.E. class.  I kid you not, Ms. Redfern faces 16 long years in prison for this joke of a charge that at most should be a misdemeanor.

The Aspen Dailey News shares some details, as does the Aspen Times.  The Swift-owned Times explains the “nuances” of Colorado laws on young adults having sex with relatively old minors:

Colorado law has some nuances when it comes to sexual relations between people in their late teens and adults. An 18-year-old can have a consensual sexual relationship with an older adult, even a teacher, without a crime being committed, McWilliam said. That would violate policies of most schools, but it isn’t a crime because an 18-year-old is considered an adult.

A 17-year-old can have sexual relations with an adult of any age as long as it’s not a person in a position of trust — such as a teacher, according to McWilliam.

Sorry, but the hot adults a late teen is likely to meet are these “people of trust.”  Late teens generally can’t go to bars and meet untrustworthy adults there.  (I’ll be blogging later about how head District Attorneys in positions of trust are rewarded instead of punished for far worse sexual transgressions in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District as we follow the re-election bid of DA Elizabeth Oldham (RINO – Grand County).  Here’s a couple blog posts of mine from 2010 about DA Oldham and her transgressions.)

Back to the hot action at Basalt High.  How were these sexual encounters discovered?  Apparently the gossip mill was running at full-tilt in Basalt and school officials discovered the relationship while collecting their union paychecks.

Man-child “X”, the alleged victim,  is now 18, and did not seek to have charges pressed, nor did his family.  But according to nanny-state enabler Eagle County Undersheriff Mike McWilliam, this doesn’t matter one little bit.  “It’s really not in their hands,” McWilliam said of alleged victims in these heinous cases.  These are cases where we, “The People of the State of Colorado” are the aggrieved party.

Meanwhile, plenty of real dangerous criminals run free in Colorado and even down here in Los Cabos, Mexico, where real victims want real charges filed.  But they aren’t.

ExPat ExLawyer herself is one such victim here in Mexico.  Right now, I’m blogging from the left – not politically speaking -no, never.  Literally speaking.  My right arm was shattered in an unprovoked attack and I just had surgery involving six screws and one titanium plate.  The assailant meanwhile is still running around loose.  I’ll be blogging about my experience with the Mexican criminal justice system soon.

Fox News Poll: Tom Tancredo Now Within 3 of John Hickenlooper For Colo. Governor

Tom Tancredo has edged within 3 points of  Denver Democratic Mayor John Hickenlooper in the latest Fox News Poll.  Hickenlooper now takes 47 percent of the vote to Tancredo’s 44 percent.  Maes drew just 6 percent support, down from 10 percent two weeks ago.  Seventy three percent of Republicans backed Tancredo over their party’s nominee.  Tancredo told crowds this past weekend  he needs 80 percent GOP support to win.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted for Fox News by Pulse Opinion Research on October 30.  The poll has a 3 point margin of error, making the race a toss-up.  Full demographic cross-tabs are here, and the complete questionnaire is here.  The Fox News article also has the polls for  key races in other battleground states.

Buck Leads Bennet 50-46 In Latest Fox News Poll

Republican tea party challenger Ken Buck now leads appointed Democratic Senator Michael Bennet 50-46 in the latest Fox News Poll in the race for the U.S. Senate in Colorado.    Pulse Opinion  Research conducted the  survey of 1,000 likely voters on Oct. 30, which carries a  margin of error of only 3 points.   The poll reflects a 4-point increase for Buck over the previous survey conducted two weeks earlier.

Full cross-tabs for the poll are here, and the complete questionnaire is here.  The article on the poll includes analysis of all the other battleground races.

Pollster Forecasts Tancredo Win For Colo. Governor, GOP Retake Of Both State House And Senate

The Businessword’s Don Johnson reports that David Flaherty, the president and CEO of  Magellan, a Republican leaning poll with excellent turnout models,  predicts Tom Tancredo will beat Denver Dem Mayor John Hickenlooper in Tuesday’s Colorado governor’s race.   Flaherty also predicts Republicans will take both the state House of Representatives and the state Senate.

Other polls show Tancredo trailing in everything from tight contests to a dubious CNN outlier that gives the hard left Hick a double-digit lead.

So why does Magellan think Tancredo will win?  According to  Don Johnson’s interview with Flaherty:

Flaherty said polls that show John Hickenlooper winning the gubernatorial race are using demographics and turnout numbers that incorrectly skew their results in favor of Democrats.

“I do believe that Tom Tancredo is going to win,” Flaherty declared. In recent polls, Tancredo has about 73% of Republican voters. Flaherty thinks Tancredo will wind up with over 80% of Republicans. It will be in the low 80s, he said.

Tancredo is benefiting from Dan Maes’ decision to stay in the race, Flaherty said. Because Maes stayed in the race, Hickenlooper and the Democrats figured that Tancredo and Maes would split the conservatives’ and unaffiliated voters’ and that they didn’t have anything to worry about. If Maes had dropped out, as Tancredo and Republican leaders asked him to, the Democrats would have attacked Tancredo, he said.

Now that Tancredo is poised to win, Flaherty said, it’s too late for the Democrats to attack Tancredo.

The excellent post at Businessword has lots more details on these races, as well as the attorney general contest.

Barack Obama Illiterate Off-Teleprompter: Dude In Chief Reveals On Jon Stewart’s Daily Show Doesn’t Know Definition Of ‘Pun’

I often laugh when I hear people refer to Barack Obama as an intellectual elitist.

Barack Obama at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He later transferred to Columbia. (Photo - Time)

He may be an elitist, but he’s no intellectual – a point made even more clear by the Dude in Chief’s (hereinafter,  DIC) appearance on Thursday’s Daily Show, with Jon Stewart.

This followed on the heel’s of the DIC’s latest in-dialect rant where he listed a laundry list of nouns, and then incapable of negotiating an agreement between subject and number, used “has” instead of “have”  – a point noted by few in the media.   Guess I’m racist,  or  at least elitist, for pointing it out. Oh well, I guess while I’m at it, I’ll note what an abysmal failure affirmative action was and how crazy it is that we know exponentially more about Dan Maes’ academic background than the president’s.

His latest blunder is now infamous:  He doesn’t know the meaning of the word “pun.”   On the Daily Show,  in a delusional attempt to brag about his accomplishments,  the DIC claimed Larry Summers did a “heckuva job.”  (No, he wasn’t using “job” as a pun, though I’m sure many viewers were).

Here’s the video of the exchange [Updated video] :

Most analysts focused on the intended part as being the blatant lie that it was, but the diction issue was troubling as well.  Granted, if forced to choose one subject for this phony to have aced, I would settle for  Econ 101 over English 101.   That Dude is a real DIC when it comes to managing the economy.  Pun intended.

Legal Quote Of The Week: E.B. White On Obstruction Of Justice

OK.  The quote is from 1973 – so it’s not exactly from this week, but I just saw it.

E.B. White

Regardless, this  New York Times Op Ed from grammarian par excellence and Charlotte’s Web author E.B. White, couldn’t be more timely given what a disaster our legal system is.  The piece is titled, “Goings on in the Barnyard.”

When The Times asked me to report on what’s being said in my barnyard about Watergate, I immediately sought an audience with the goose. She is sore at me at the moment but is always willing to talk.

ME What is your feeling about Liddy?

GOOSE G. Gordon? One of the greats — a man of enormous verve, a bungler of immense promise. Liddy should be president.

ME Should Nixon resign?

GOOSE Yes. He should resign in favor of Liddy, who is one of the greats. Liddy carries a gun, which is what the Oval Room needs.

ME But Liddy is in jail.

GOOSE I know that, and the jail has been revitalized by his presence. The inmates love him.

ME Do you think justice was obstructed?

GOOSE Of course. Justice was obstructed along with everything else. The purpose of the executive branch is to obstruct. That’s why we need Liddy in there.

And how sad is it, that this distinguished man of letters, who passed away in 1985 from Alzheimer’s, didn’t get to see the fantastic film version of his delightful for all ages novel.

H/T to Scott Greenfield and his best in the U.S. criminal law blog, Simple Justice. The guy’s blog is great, because he’s a savvy constitutionalist and a believer in personal responsibility instead of  victimhood liberalism, unlike most criminal defense lawyers.

Rasmussen: Ken Buck Clears 50 Percent Mark Against Appointed Dem Michael Bennet In Colorado Senate Race

Rasmussen Reports released a new poll showing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck leading appointed Sen. Michael Bennet 51 percent to 43 percent.  The survey  of 750 likely voters  was conducted on Sept. 27, with a margin of error of 4 percent.

“This poll is further evidence that Coloradans are responding positively to Ken’s message of reining in spending and creating jobs,” said Buck campaign manager John Swartout.  “These polls also show that people are sick and tired of Bennet’s dishonest smear campaign against Ken Buck.”

Moving outside the parameters of the press release, the poll shows that Buck’s message of Bennet as a rubber stamp for Obama’s failed economic agenda is sticking, and that Bennet’s wimpy attempts to run and hide from voters and the media are backfiring.

The Rasmussen poll comes just a day after Fox News released a poll showing Buck leading Bennet outside the margin of error.

Denver DA Mitch Morrissey Will Not Charge Cops in Jail Homicide of Marvin Booker

Keeping with his pattern of not charging cops even when they admit to lying in reports  or are caught on tape,  Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey released a repor stating he will not file charges against any of the five Denver cops involved in the homicide of Marvin Booker at the Denver jail on July 9, 2010.

Marvin Booker

The only basis not to press charges in a homicide would be if the homicide were legally justified.   Thus, that’s what Morissey determined.  Morrissey has refused to file charges in numerous excessive force by police cases during his reign.  Denver Mayor Hickenlooper has remained aloof from the fray in this police department, which has more misconduct complaints per capita than any department in the country.

The public is hard pressed to evaluate the case, as no reports have been released nor has the video of the entire incident, taken by four different cameras.  While it is typical for District Attorneys’ offices not to release their internal investigations, the Denver Police has refused to release anything about the case – an action not so typical or legally required.  We still don’t know the name of any of these five government employees.

Here’s another case that Morrissey declined to prosecute, and which lead finally to the “resignation” of Hickenlooper’s incompetent DPD “Safety Director,” Ron Perea – written on Hickenlooper’s own letterhead by hand.

Michael De Herrera was beaten by an officer’s leather covered metal sap. Normal people would view the cop’s conduct as felony aggravated assault, as all the young man did was call his Dad for advice on his cell phone.  His dad is a deputy sheriff with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s office.  Here’s the video of the incident, as well as interviews with the victim and his father, at ABC’s Good Morning America.

The prior whitewashes of DPD misconduct and the lack of transparency in the Booker investigation have garnered a lot of criticism at the Denver Post, and by the National Review Online’s Colorado political correspondent, Mike Sandoval.

Tom Tancredo Organizes Boycott Demonstration of Colo. Governor’s Debate

Tom Tancredo is urging supporters to demonstrate outside of the Club 20 debate in Grand Junction, Colorado on September 11.  The debate will be held only between embattled Republican candidate Dan Maes and Obama Democrat, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Protesters will gather at The Two Rivers Convention Center, which is located at 159 Main Street, at 6:45 p.m.  Tom Tancredo will be there and will comment to the public about his exclusion from the debate and other issues.

Ritter To Appoint Lesbian Activist Deputy Atty. General Monica Marquez To Colo. Supreme Court

As anticipated, lame duck Colorado Governor Bill Ritter will appoint lesbian activist, Deputy Attorney General Monica Marquez to replace Mary Mullarkey on Colorado’s embattled Supreme Court, according to a report by the Denver Post’s top political correspondent, Lynn Bartels.

Monica Marquez ( DENVER POST-RJ SANGOSTI)

Marquez has the needed pedigree.  A law degree from Yale,  Lesbian activism, and a dad who was the first Hispanic to serve on the Colorado Court of Appeals.  We don’t know much more about Marquez or the other two finalists  as they all jointly refused to speak to the public, despite their contact information being provided for exactly that purpose.

She would be the second Hispanic to serve on the Colorado Supremes, and perhaps the only one  should Justice Alex Martinez lose his bid for retention in November.  Marquez, who obtained her law degree in 1997,  has scant experience – and almost all of it defending state government and its employees.  A much nicer photo of Marquez sporting a more stylish haircut is here, together with photos of her co-finalists. [deleted because Law week web site infected with malware]


Anyone who thinks Marquez’ votes on any of the disputed tax and other issues of legitimate concern to the public would be any different from Mary Mullarkey’s votes is delusional.

Clear the Bench Colorado may well have prompted Chief Justice Mullarkey’s resignation, and they and tireless Director Matt Arnold should be applauded for that effort.  It’s an important first step.

But until we achieve systemic change in the judicial branch, we are doing nothing more than rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.  Worse, we fool people into believing that cosmetic cures mean something when they don’t.  Such deception will only slow reform, not aid it.  What Bill Ritter has given us appears to be a younger, more virile model of Mullarkey.