My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Connecting Some Dots

I'm going to go out on a little bit of a limb here, possibly revealing an unfortunate hole in my knowledge base. But if I'm right, this seems to be important.

First, the Rocky Mountain News runs this story today, detailing a secret meeting held in the aftermath of the Columbine Massacre. The purpose of the meeting: "A draft affidavit for a warrant to search the home of Columbine High School killer Eric Harris, written in April 1998, had been deliberately kept under wraps for nearly two years."

Which leads to my spiel. Who was at this secret meeting? Until the stunning disclosure by deputy Mike Guerra, no one - not the sheriff's officers or prosecutors or Jefferson County officials who were there - told anyone else about the meeting, in which it was agreed the affidavit should not be publicly disclosed. So there were sheriff's officers, prosecutors and JeffCo officials there. Hmmmm. Later in the article the opinion of "attorneys" was disclosed: He said attorneys in the room examined the draft affidavit and said it lacked enough evidence to have been approved by a judge.

At this point, it is unclear which attorneys raised this point--prosecutors or attorneys from the JeffCo Attorney's office. Why is that important? Well, if I understand the nature of the county government correctly, attorneys from the JeffCo Attorney's office are charged with advising and defending the county; "prosecutors" would come from the office of the Jefferson County District Attorney. And if one of the officers of the District Attorney's office was involved in this secret meeting, and hid the existence of this affidavit--which was mysteriously destroyed before the grand jury convened--that puts things in a whole new light.

Because at the time of the Columbine Massacre, the District Attorney for Jefferson County was Dave Thomas. And Dave Thomas aspires to higher office right now--namely, the 7th Congressional seat. So if someone in his office failed to reveal and pursue this affidavit, which seems fairly germaine to the investigation, that reflects on Thomas.

Again, I don't know all the salient facts. But it seems this would be a good time to ask Mr. Thomas "What did you know? And when did you know it? And does it trouble you that members of your staff seem to feel free to obscure evidence in ongoing criminal investigations?"

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