This is a blog of the prosecution of Benjamin Gilmore, a local beekeeper whom many believe was wrongfully prosecuted and convicted for the Penny Flats fire that happened in downtown Fort Collins on October 24, 2011. He made the mistake of being associated with the Occupy Fort Collins movement, and had let them borrow a camper for their use. The Occupy Fort Collins demonstration was one block east of the Penny Flats building which was under development at the time. The discrepancies in this prosecution merit note, and it shows some of the drawbacks of prosecutions in the Eight Judicial District of Colorado:
- It's not about justice, it's about getting a conviction.
- It's not about truth, guilt, or innocence, it's about what you can get a jury to believe.
If anybody doesn't believe that, Google up Timothy Masters…