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Letter: Where’s presumption of innocence for Irish?

Where’s presumption of innocence for Irish?

To the Editor:

The recent Letter to the Editor by M. Gotwald struck a chord with me. My impression has been that Sky-Hi articles and reported statements by county officials state flatly that Ms. Irish stole $500,000 from the county. I believe Mr. Newberry was one of those loudly condemning and accusing only to discover he has his own issues. And yes, where is his booking photo?

There is a presumption of guilt on the part of many as evidenced by Steve Burton’s Letter to the Editor late last month. His presumptions must come from the articles he reads. He writes about “seeing if the money still exists” as though there might be some offshore numbered account with the purloined money. To some degree the question of where the money went has been answered by the reporting that indicated numerous checks to the county never got deposited. I believe it most likely that the county has requested the issuance of new checks and has recovered much if not all of that money.

If not then it is further evidence of continued county mismanagement. Mismanagement for at least 12 years has made it so difficult to track money a forensic audit was needed to try to make some sense of what might be missing. My sense is that it is still uncertain what went where and misappropriations clearly were not limited to the Building Department.

Mr. Burton’s letter has a note that he is a former New York Assistant District Attorney, which I assume is to add some validity to his suppositions. As a former legal officer for a federal regulatory agency, my suppositions are somewhat different. Any district attorney who would bring more than 900 counts to trial means to force a plea bargain. Plea bargains are nominally proffered by the prosecutors and then countered by the defense. If the intent from the outset is have a plea bargain, then I suppose the district attorney feels there are weaknesses in his case.

My view of this whole mess is that we have a low level county employee left to twist in the wind while responsible decision-making officials have their own legal issues, are quietly fired or otherwise leave a sinking ship. It would be interesting to know what the grand jury heard beyond what was reported in the news. I have wondered about County government ever since Marv took his bulldozer on a drive through Granby. The County Building Department was on his visit list if I recall correctly. It was surprising how quickly the Marv incident went silent and out of public view.

And a poll about what Ms. Irish’s punishment should be with a trial pending? Seriously?

Bob Fetters

Centennial resident,

Grand County property owner

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