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Mark Hurlbert: A History of Corruption

When District Attorney Mark Hurlbert allowed a Morgan Stanley banker to escape felony hit-and-run charges because “Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in [Martin Joel] Erzinger's profession," many were incensed.  Yet how could I, someone who cautions against prosecutorial abuse and overcriminalization, get swept up in the mob?  It's a legitimate question that resulted from my failure to communicate: I did not put on the screen what was inside my head.

Mark Hurlbert is, to put is mildly, totally fucking bat-shit crazy.  Want some examples?

  • He charged two women with felony impersonation after one woman gave her friend a racing badge.  That's not a joke or a spin job.  One woman gave her racing badge to her friend - who wasn't able to register for a mountain bike race.  Both women were charged with felonies.
  • He took a man to trial on assault charges for throwing a snowball!  Again, this is neither a joke nor a spin job.  
  • He took a man to trial twice on what seem to be trumped-up child pornography charges.  I wish I were making this up.  After being rebuked by two juries, Hurlbert filed a change-of-venue motion.  His logic: “It really comes down to believing that the community's pretty divided on this. There were two juries, a portion of each of the juries thought he was not guilty and a portion of the jury thought he was guilty and wouldn't budge either way. (It) showed that people are pretty divided. So maybe moving it to another county, people wouldn't be so divided.”

This is a truly diabolical man who has no sense of justice or fairness.  If Hurlbert had a history of exercising his prosecutorial discretion in a sane way, one might conclude that he gave the banker a pass out of a sense of justice.  Given Hurlbert's history of prosecutorial misconduct and abuse, one can only conclude that Hurlbert is accepting bribes.  

Whether these bribes come in the form of cash in an envelop, or campaign contributions, is a question for the Attorney General.  Unfortunately for Colorado residents, their newly-elected Attorney General, John Suthers, is more concerned with protecting an unethical prosecutor than listening to his constituents.  


Colorado Attorney General Investigating Mark Hurlbert? (UPDATED)

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert, who dismissed felony hit-and-run charges against a rich local banker, has closed down his publicly-accessible Facebook sites.  Colorado's Attorney General, John Suthers, still allows comments.  If you want the Attorney General's office to investigate Mark Hulbert, contact the AG's office.  It's as simple as:

  1. Go to this page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Suthers/34261623016?v=wall
  2. "Like" the site.
  3. Write on his Wall.

Hurlbert must not escape his corrupt acts, and an investigation must be opened immediately.

UPDATE: Rather than address legitimate concerns of his constituents, Attorney General John Suthers has removed his Facebook page.


Mark Hurlbert: Corrupt Prosecutor

When it was reported that District Attorney Mark Hurlbert dismissed felony charges against a rich banker who slammed into a bicyclist, I wondered if Hurlbert had accepted a bribe.  Hurlbert has high political aspirations, and recently ran for State Senator.  Perhaps the rich banker promised  generous campaign contributions in exchange for dismissing felony charges?  It seems that Hurlbert  must be accepting bribes.  No other explanation makes sense.

Although I haven't seen any envelopes with cash, I have seen how Hurlbert treated other Colorado criminal cases.  Two women lost their jobs after being charged with felonies for switching race cards at a race:

DA Mark Hurlbert filed felony criminal-impersonation charges against two veteran Vail, Colorado, mountain bike racers, Wendy Lyall and Katie Brazelton, after an injured Brazelton, 40, gave her registration materials and entry number to her friend, Lyall, 36, so she could race

Does that seem like a serious crime to you?  Why is this even a criminal matter for a prosecutor rather than a civil matter for race organizers?  Yet Hurlbert treated the case as a serious matter.  He didn't care if the women lost their jobs.  He charged them with felonies.  Serious business.

Why then has he allowed a banker who committed a violent crime to avoid a felony charge?  He claims it's because the banker should keep his job.  And yet Hurlbert cost two women who switched a race card their jobs.  What is going on?

When a Morgan Stanley banker nearly kills a bicyclist, Hurlbert tells the victim to screw off:

EAGLE, Colorado — A financial manager for wealthy clients will not face felony charges for a hit-and-run because it could jeopardize his job, prosecutors said Thursday.

Martin Joel Erzinger, 52, faces two misdemeanor traffic charges stemming from a July 3 incident when he allegedly hit bicyclist Dr. Steven Milo from behind then sped away, according to court documents.

Milo and his attorney, Harold Haddon, are livid about the prosecution's decision to drop the felony charge. They filed their objection Wednesday afternoon, the day after prosecutors notified Haddon's office by fax of their decision.

Perhaps there is an alternative explanation for the disparate treatment? I cannot think of one. Right now thinking people must infer that Hurlbert is accepting bribes.

Moreover, we can infer that a bribe has been offered given Hurlbert's fraudulent arguments.  Hurlbert claims that his motives are pure:

“The money has never been a priority for them. It is for us,” Hurlbert said. “Justice in this case includes restitution and the ability to pay it.”

That is a lie, because restitution goes to the victim - in this case, the bicyclist.  That is a lie, because the banker has substantial assets, and can pay a restitution order by tapping into savings.  The victim, moreover, doesn't care about restitution:

Milo wrote in a letter to District Attorney Mark Hurlbert that the case “has always been about responsibility, not money.”

“Mr. Erzinger struck me, fled and left me for dead on the highway,” Milo wrote. “Neither his financial prominence nor my financial situation should be factors in your prosecution of this case.”

How can Hurlbert claim that a sociopathic banker must keep his job in order to pay restitution to the victim, when the victim himself doesn't care about that restitution?  That argument is clearly fraudulent.  Hurlbert is lying.

We hope that the State Bar of Colorado will open an investigation.  We also hope that voters will recall the corrupt Hurlbert from office.


District Attorney Mark Hurlbert Accepts Bribes?

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."  

What did the rich banker's victim think about 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.


Wall Street Justice

Doesn't this make you proud to be an American?  

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.

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said: "Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger's profession, and that entered into it."

People are mocking the Lawyer Strike blogger.  Meanwhile, those with wealth and power are mocking everyone else.  What you are going to do about it?  Write a few more angry blog posts?  How's that been working for you?

While I do not think the Lawyer Strike blogger's concrete idea is workable, he sentiment is nonetheless on-point.  We do not live in a nation of laws.  We live in a system where slaves follow one set of rules, and Martin Joel Erzinger follows another set.

Something needs to be done.  I would say that actions "outside of the law" need to occur, but that would be a nonsensical linguistic formation.  Wall Street bankers already live outside of the social contract, and thus the laws do not apply to them.  Just as one cannot cheat on a spouse to whom he is not married, one cannot, by definition, commit a crime against a banker.

Once the rest of you agree that you are slaves and Wall Street is your master, then action will be taken.  Meanwhile, you will oppress your liberators by - consistent with your training as slaves - treating acts against Wall Street as "vigilantism."  Only would an enslaved people oppress those who seek to liberate them.