One has to wonder how much money District Attorney Mark Hurlbert accepted to allow this crime to go unpunished:
Dr Milo was bicycling eastbound on Highway 6 near Eagle when Martin Joel Erzinger allegedly hit him with the black 2010 Mercedes Benz sedan he was driving.
Erzinger fled the scene and was arrested later, police say. He drove until he reached a Pizza Hut parking lot, where he stopped and called Mercedes auto assistance to report the damage to his vehicle.
That's a felony hit-and-run. Everyone criminal lawyer knows this. It's a serious crime. What's worse is that Erzinger called to report damage to his own car rather than call 9-1-1. An ethical prosecutor would say in court, "That's an aggravating factor evidencing a lack of remorse. It also shows a truly depraved individual who elevates the condition of his expensive car to another person's life!"
Nevertheless, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert violated his oath of office, and violated the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, by treating a rich criminal defendant "more equally" than a poor one:
A financial manager for wealthy clients will not face charges for a hit-and-run because it could jeopardise his job, it has been revealed.
Martin Joel Erzinger, 52, was set to face felony charges for running over a doctor who he hit from behind in his 2010 Mercedes Benz, and then speeding off.
But now he will simply face two misdemeanour traffic charges from the July 3 incident in Eagle, Colorado.
We can only speculate, but my best guess is that Mark Hurlbert accepted a bribe. Can you think of another explanation? In his official biography, Hulbert writes: "He makes victims a priority and is dedicated to providing victims a strong voice in the justice system."
Dr Milo told Hurlbert that the case 'has always been about responsibility, not money'.'Mr Erzinger struck me, fled and left me for dead on the highway,' he wrote. 'Neither his financial prominence nor my financial situation should be factors in your prosecution of this case.'
Can you think of a reason - other than a bribe - that would explain Hurlbert's charging decision? I can't. It thus seems that the most logical conclusion that Hurlbert is accepting bribes.