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    California or ground zero of the invasion

    Colorado: Sanctuary City, Sanctuary State?

    CO: Sanctuary City, Sanctuary State?

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    Over the past few weeks a steady drip of bad news for Colorado Democrats has grown into a wave of negative news items on illegal immigration.

    This stories began on September 11 with a page 11 A Rocky Mountain News story on how Denver has been ignoring a 1987 state law requiring that all drunken driving suspects be fingerprinted and photographed. This policy has proven to be disastrous for Colorado since illegal immigrants often show no ID or fake papers. In one case a Denver judge had to set a man named Jose Castro-Cano free after it became apparent that there was no proof that he was the man who had been charged for a 2001 DUI.

    In another incident Jose Luis Rubi-Nava was pulled over by the Denver Police earlier in the year. Rubi-Nava was recently charged in the gruesome dragging death where he allegedly tied a tow chain to his girlfriend and dragged her over a mile behind his truck. The entire legal system in Denver appears to collapse when officers face illegal immigrants as evidenced by what occurred when Rubi-Nava was arrested earlier this year:

    Rubi-Nava, 36, was stopped April 21 at East Louisiana Avenue and South Hudson Street when the plates on the car he was driving came up on a national database as associated with a wanted party.

    He produced a Mexican identification on which, an arresting officer noted, “I was able to see that the picture had been cut out and replaced” with Rubi-Nava’s picture.

    He was charged April 22 with providing false identification, driving without a valid license and having no proof of insurance, but all three charges were dismissed April 27.

    Rubi-Nava’s arrest report shows no mention of his being referred to immigration officials.

    However, Whitman said he spoke independently Wednesday to both officers involved in the arrest, and they both told him they had done so.

    “The cops say they wrote it as a ‘John Doe,’ above the perforation and not below the perforation. So it wouldn’t appear on all the copies of the tickets,” said Whitman.

    As a consequence, the chief conceded, “There is no paper” to verify their account.

    These policies, often referred under the umbrella of “sanctuary city” lead to disastrous consequences for 6 CU Doctoral students on July 1st.

    On May 8th, 2006 an illegal immigrant named Jesus Salmeron-Alvarez was arrested in Denver on DUI charges. Unfortunately, no laws are in place that require illegal immigrant DUI suspects, even those de facto guilty, to be imprisoned or deported. In this instance the Denver Police simply took Mr. Salmeron-Alvarez to a detox facility where he simply walked out the next day.

    On the night of July 1st Mr. Salmeron-Alvarez collided with a Metro Taxi carrying the before mentioned students at the intersection of 14th and Race. Mr. Salmeron-Alvarez fled the scene on foot, leaving his car. The Taxi, a type of mini-van, rolled over onto the sidewalk upon impact, pinning one of the students under it. Bystanders lifted the taxi off of him. Overall one student broke her neck in one place, another suffered a concussion, one walked away with only bruising, one broke her back in the lumbar region and one, Anita Mueller, was injured so severely that she spent the next month in the hospital. Sources tell me that the total cost of the accident stands at nearly 1 million dollars with over $300,000 alone spent on the treatment for Anita.

    Anita broke her neck in two places, broke nearly every rib on the right side of her body, and broke her pelvis in four places. She spent several weeks at both Denver General and University Hospital. Due to the severity of her neck injury she had to have a surgery a month after the accident and she wore a halo for two months.

    When the Denver Police went to look for Jesus Alvarez they were told that a Detective went to his home and “…was told by a neighbor that he (Mr. Alvarez) had packed up and left the night before.” The Denver Police believe that Mr. Alvarez most likely returned to Mexico.

    Anita’s family was devastated on Sunday when the front page headline of the Denver Post read “Ritter helped Immigrants Stay.” Ritter, the Democratic candidate for Colorado Governor and the former DA of Denver, plea bargained 152 cases where illegal immigrants pleaded guilty to “agricultural trespass” to avoid deportation. Some of the charges involved were domestic violence, drug possession with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and the sale and possession of heroin. Conservative critics of Ritter have been having a field day. Conservative Talk Radio host Hugh Hewitt went after Ritter over at

    What Ritter cannot explain away is a policy that purposefully used an obscure and absurd charge –trespass on agricultural land– as a means of keeping alien felons from being deported. Employing this tactic not only undermines the legitimacy of the prosecutor’s office –”agricultural trespass” is a “crime” completely different from the crimes the felons were charged with, not a “lesser included” offense– the purposeful frustration of the deportation laws kept criminals in the country who ought to have been sent to their home country.

    For Colorado Gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez (R) illegal immigration may be the key to catching up to Ritter’s commanding lead in the polls. Beauprez supporters have been touting tomorrow’s Channel 7 debate as the Ritter’s Stalingrad, they claim that Bob will hit Ritter so hard on the illegal immigration issue, with some help from the local media, that the tide will finally turn.

    For Anita Mueller and her family, Ritter’s “designer pleas” only reinforce their opinion that while some people get rich off of illegal immigration they have to bear the cost, both financially, emotionally and physically. Her father told me this earlier tonight “if Ritter wins we go from Denver being a Sanctuary City to Colorado being a Sanctuary State.”
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    California or ground zero of the invasion

    Denver ignores DUI law
    City not enforcing state's photo, fingerprint rule for those caught driving drunk

    By Lou Kilzer, Rocky Mountain News
    September 11, 2006

    For more than a decade, Denver has ignored a state law requiring that all drunken driving suspects be fingerprinted and photographed.

    Instead, officers allow most DUI suspects to be driven home by a sober acquaintance without being formally booked. And county court judges - who are supposed to order the prints and photos when police or sheriff's officers haven't - have not done so.

    The consequences of this catch-and-release policy can be serious, say those involved in the criminal justice process.

    Serious criminals and those using false IDs can avoid detection, for instance, said Jefferson County district attorney spokeswoman Pam Russell.

    Denver County Court Judge Larry Bohning - a strong advocate of having drunken drivers booked immediately by police or sheriff's deputies - painted an even more dire picture.

    "Look at Colorado Springs, where alleged serial killer Charles Robert Browne was first ID'd by one single fingerprint," he said.

    Denver appears to be the only metro-area jurisdiction ignoring the law, but other law enforcement agencies have varying policies and procedures for following it.

    Last year, Jefferson County sent out a memo to police agencies, reminding them of the law and suggesting, "It would be most helpful if defendants could be fingerprinted and photographed at the time the summons is issued."

    But the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office still does not do that. Instead, deputies typically wait for a judge to order the procedure after a suspect's first court appearance.

    "A DUI is a traffic offense," said sheriff's spokesman Jim Shires. "Understand that? Why should we make DUIs any different than a speeder?"

    Like Denver, Jefferson County releases DUI suspects on a court summons. But unlike Denver, county court judges do send offenders to be printed and photographed if it hasn't been done already.

    Judge forced to free suspect

    Failing to get a mug shot and fingerprints at the time of arrest, however, gives the suspect an opening to claim that he's a victim of mistaken identity.

    Denver County Court Judge James Breese said that is exactly what happened in a recent case in which a man named Jose Castro-Cano, or Castrocan, Castro Can or simply Can showed up and said he wasn't the same person wanted for a 2001 DUI.

    Breese said he had to set him free.

    Because there were no prints or photos, there was no way to prove whether he was the original defendant.

    Various reasons are given for why Denver stopped routinely taking prints and photographs after DUI arrests.

    Judge Bohning blamed it on a turf battle between the police and sheriff's departments over who should foot the bill.

    Not so, said Denver's new director of corrections, Bill Lovingier, whose department is responsible for fingerprinting and photographing those arrested in Denver.

    Since at least the early 1990s, Lovingier said, the practice simply stopped. No one knows exactly when or why.

    Denver police Lt. Ron Saunier said drunk drivers were routinely arrested, fingerprinted, photographed and booked in the 1980s.

    It is now spelled out in the police manual that "the policy of the Denver Police Department is to limit the incarceration of individuals for traffic offenses," and so "no individual will be jailed on misdemeanor traffic charges, including DUI."

    Instead of locking up drunken drivers, Denver police try to find a sober party to pick up the driver. Failing that, it's off to jail.

    There are exceptions for cases where a driver's identification cannot be established, the suspect has outstanding arrest warrants or becomes so combative that he or she faces additional charges.

    In some cases, a fingerprint is taken where the driver's identity is unclear, but it isn't entered into computer databases, according to the manual.

    Judge Breese has led a battle to get Denver to change its policies. He said that at first there was reluctance, and then a proposal was made that fingerprinting be ordered by the court at the suspect's first appearance, as is often done in Jefferson, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

    Finally, though, the Denver Sheriff's Office said its personnel would photograph and fingerprint suspected drunken drivers, a move that will cost $53,000 this year, said Capt. Mike Horner. The start date is Oct. 1.

    But Denver police still do not plan to jail suspects. Sheriff's officials say there's no space.

    Offender tracking system

    The law requiring the fingerprinting and photographing of DUI suspects was passed in 1987. Called the offender-based tracking system, the law was part of an effort to ensure that serious criminals do not fall through the cracks because different jurisdictions use different computers and record-keeping systems.

    The law called for records of offenders charged with felonies, Class 1 misdemeanors or drunken driving to be entered in a Colorado Bureau of Investigation database.

    The law specifically singled out DUI as a major reportable offense.

    But the law was not exact about where in the process prints and photos must be taken, saying it would be at arrest or when ordered by a judge at the first court appearance.

    The Denver County Court judges have skipped that step. Breese said that judges have "so many things going on" that they have let the law remain unheeded.

    In most cases in Aurora, police leave it for judges to order photographs and fingerprints of drunken driving suspects at their first court appearance.

    The Jefferson County memo, sent in March 2005 by Shirley Williams, clerk of the Jefferson County Combined Court, suggested that jurisdictions begin fingerprinting and photographing DUI suspects at the time of arrest.

    But 18 months later, what a drunken driving suspect can expect in Jefferson County depends on where he's stopped.

    Lakewood police photograph and fingerprint suspects. In Wheat Ridge, you're arrested, booked and photographed.

    But if a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy stops you just outside the Wheat Ridge city limits, you are likely to be issued a summons while waiting for a sober friend to pick you up.

    That's not the case in Boulder, Broomfield or Adams counties.

    Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr said he wants to be perfectly clear. In his county, he said, drunk drivers "absolutely are arrested."

    Catch and release

    • A 1987 law requires police or court officials to fingerprint and photograph all drunken driving suspects. The information is entered into a statewide database to help detect serious criminals.

    • In Denver, the process has fallen by the wayside. Police do not routinely fingerprint DUI suspects, choosing in many cases to let a sober acquaintance drive them home. Some jurisdictions fulfill the legal requirement at initial court appearances, but Denver judges say they've gotten too bogged down to follow the law.

    • In at least one case, a defendant was released after lawyers argued that prosecutors had no proof he was the driver police had charged. or 303-954-2644
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    What is it going to take???? Why do we continually ignore the law when it comes to illegal aliens???? Why can't we do a true overhaul on these public officials and temporarily put people in place until we can find people with integrity to put in office? And then vote them in??? If our government is "of the people, by the people and for the people" why MUST OUR HANDS BE TIED!
    Ritter is a jerk...but I can't say I'm proud of Bob Beauprez either...but I suppose he would be the lesser of the two evils! I'm so sick of all these traitors. My God...don't even know what to say.
    I have to believe that it will be better tomorrow!
    I hope if any of you traitors (including some of you lawyers) read this....please think about just how long eternity is!!! All the lies you tell and all the deceit you spin ... you can't take a single thing with you that you have gained by your dirty work when you leave this earth. Don't have to look in another country for the faces of evil...sadly we can look at our own government who has lost sight of anything that is decent. THE LOVE OF MONEY (and power and or a vote!) is the root of evil. Hope you are proud of yourselves!
    Please help save America for our children and grandchildren... they are counting on us. THEY DESERVE the goodness of AMERICA not to be given to those who are stealing our children's future! ... and a congress who works for THEM!
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    If our government is "of the people, by the people and for the people" why MUST OUR HANDS BE TIED!
    Ritter is a jerk...but I can't say I'm proud of Bob Beauprez either...but I suppose he would be the lesser of the two evils! I'm so sick of all these traitors. My God...don't even know what to say.
    Voting for the lesser of two evils is STILL voting for evil. For Colorado, there are candidates other than those offered by the Evil & Stupid Party. ... tion,_2006
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