With respect to the Coloradoan story quoted below, I can honestly say, from very personal experience, that this is the standard modus operandi in this Eighth Judicial District of Colorado. Stop a second, and step back. Look at the forest, instead of the trees in front of your face. What year is this? 2012, duh. What is this year? Umm. An election year. Pray tell, who is term limited this year? Head scratching? Yes, well I want y'all to think, deep and well about this because if you DON'T pay attention, you, dear electorate, will be played like a cheap violin, and might I venture to say, yet again.
What my next question would be is: Has Mr. Gilmore given notice that he is taking it to trial or has he refused a plea. When my incident with the Larimer County employee, related in posts below this one, occurred and I responded to criminal charges with a lawsuit against the county employee, they operated in the same fashion.
What is really going on here? What I mention above is hypothesis trying to explain known data. But please recall a certain individual that was wrongfully convicted that cost to the county probably $14,000,000 (no accounting on that exactly, yet). Watch out we don't repeat the same here to forward somebody's career via the proxy of a sacrificial victim… That's a topic to be covered in the Elections 2012 section though.
Coloradoan Story: Attempted murder added to Occupy activist's charges in Penny Flats fire case
Author: Robert Allen
A Fort Collins beekeeper and Occupy activist, accused of starting a fire causing $10 million in damage to an Old Town building complex, now faces two additional charges of attempted first-degree murder.
Benjamin David Gilmore, 29, an outspoken Occupy Fort Collins activist, remains out on a $250,000 bond after he was arrested Nov. 4.
The Larimer County District Attorney's Office has since added a second arson count, a second criminal mischief count and the two murder charges. Officials have released limited information regarding Gilmore's arrest because all supporting documents have been sealed by court order.
Prosecutors are expected to reveal evidence against Gilmore at a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m.
Gilmore is suspected of starting the Oct. 24 fire that destroyed the four-story Mason Street Flats building under construction at 311 Mason St. and damaged the next-door Penny Flats, a residential and mixed-use retail building. He has declined media requests for interviews, and his attorney has said he maintains his innocence.
Gilmore, a registered Republican, was an early supporter of Occupy Fort Collins, which had set up camp a block away from where the fire burned. Days before his arrest, he addressed City Council asking the city to be more accommodating to the movement.
Gilmore faces a total of seven counts, all felonies. The attempted murder counts, class 2 felonies, carry sentences on conviction of eight to 24 years in prison. The two arson and two criminal mischief counts are class 3 felonies, each with possible penalties of four to 12 years in prison.