LETTERS: AGs need vast experience, John Kellner only knows prosecution

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Editor: In the 1980s, I served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 18th Judicial District, as part of Colorado’s nonpartisan and nonpolitical judge selection process. The commission interviewed applicants and gave our nominations to the governor for appointment as judge. We were very impressed by one applicant but were concerned that his only legal experience was as a prosecutor, giving him a limited view of the law. He got a job with a law firm which practiced in other areas of the law. The next time he applied, he enthusiastically said his experience had widened his viewpoint. He became an excellent judge.

Tuesday evening, I attended the Attorney General Candidate Forum between current-AG Phil Weiser and District Attorney John Kellner. Weiser has a very broad background in a number of areas of the law, including water law, civil rights, consumer protection, etc., many of which he has had to apply in representing the state. Kellner has only been a prosecutor and his single-focused issue in this campaign is fighting crime, prosecuting criminals. He may be doing a good job of that, but he has no other legal experience and has been District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District for less than 2 years. He is woefully unqualified to serve Colorado as Attorney General. The state Attorney General is not just a higher level of prosecutor; he is the attorney for the state in many areas. We need to re-elect AG Phil Weiser.

Martha J. Karnopp, via [email protected]

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Debra MacKillop
Debra MacKillop
1 month ago

Absolutely correct. Our current AG Phil Weiser, who has given his life to public service, was a US Supreme Court Clerk, dean of the University of Colorado law school and an antitrust lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice, & has done good work as AG in many areas, protecting Coloradans in so many ways. Just a few are fighting for health care for Coloradans, getting a large settlement for Colorado in opioid litigation, going after scammers and especially those that target older adults and Covid vaccine scammers, criminal justice reform and investigation of the high profile case of killing of Elijah McClain, reform and improvement of police recruitment and training after CO police study pinpointed a lot of problems and especially in Arapahoe County so our AG had to go after the County to get it to respond to the problems when it tried not to be responsive. He got a big share for CO from the Equifax data breach settlement, and got it invested in cyber-security in CO. He joined other states in getting the travel ban declared unconstitutional, worked to protect Tribal water rights, protect our environmental protection laws for CO benefit, defended CO Election law successfully before the Supreme Court and he argued the case, is leading a coalition of 38 states in an antitrust lawsuit against Google after successfully bringing similar claims against Facebook. He litigated a settlement with T-Mobile that is bringing broadband internet to many rural places in Colorado and helping students with virtual learning.There are so many other areas where he has litigated, got a good settlement for CO and is helping us in a myriad of ways. He is widely respected by other state AGs, including a lot of red states. His qualifications, experience and ability to build coalitions in CO and with the rest of the states makes him clearly the BEST CANDIDATE for the office.

Don Black
Don Black
1 month ago

It would help if the Attorney General could stick to facts instead of his wild distortions that he used to force the consent decree in Aurora. He is using a simple lie to promote his own appearance as a progressive social justice warrior. He insists that the disproportionate stops and arrest statistics of the black population prove that police departments are racist. He disregards the fact that all the studies show that blacks are disproportionately involved in crime. So, even Boulder, the home of truth, light, and beauty, is racist. Watch the news. The leading cause of death for young black males is other young black males. The mass shootings around the country are primarily cases of young black males shooting at each other and hitting innocents. In his report, Weiser calls all of the Aurora incidents that made the news racist, even though there is nothing other than race to indicate it is so. It would be nice if the Attorney General dealt with facts and the law, instead of wild speculation. The damage that Weiser and the legislature have done to law enforcement is probably irreparable. The public safety is at risk due to the misguided efforts of Weiser. Weiser and the legislature will not stand up and explain or defend their police reform bill.The vague wordings and punitive nature have driven thousands of good officers away from law enforcement. Law enforcement trainers can no longer tell police recruits what they can do legally under the law. It is unfortunate that Weiser does not have to explain himself to people who know something. If you want a social justice warrior who will sell you down the river, I suggest that you vote for Weiser. I would rather have an inexperienced Attorney General than one who lies to promote himself at the expense of the rest of us.

GeneD
1 month ago
Reply to  Don Black

So, to be clear, do you not agree that APD needed a consent decree? Or do you think they should have continued to ‘police’ themselves?

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
1 month ago

The district attorney is not a judge. This writer has hit the nail on the head. Phil weiser has done an excellent job and I see no reason to replace him. The district attorney is not responsible for crime. If that were the case, then we should be blaming George Brauchler for the theater murders.