Myers, staff cleared in case of Silt cop
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Colorado Supreme Court’s Attorney Regulation Counsel on Tuesday dismissed an ethics complaint against 9th District Attorney Mac Myers and his office.
Myers expressed relief on Friday and said the investigation gives his office a “clean bill of health.”
“The people of this office are dedicated people with integrity who have kept their nose to the grindstone” through the investigation, he said. “We’re people and people make mistakes, but we ‘fess up to our mistakes.”
The complaint, filed by public defender Greg Greer in March, alleged that Myers’ office violated rules of discovery by not telling defense attorneys that former Silt police officer Michael Williams had a prior conviction for official misconduct when he was an officer for the Frisco Police Department.
The conviction stemmed from Williams’ falsifying an alcohol breath test. As a result, he was forced to resign from the Frisco department in 1997. He was hired as a Silt officer in 1999.
Greer and other defense attorneys claimed that by not having Williams’ criminal history, their clients accepted plea bargains when they might not have otherwise.
Myers revealed the information about Williams in an April letter to Greer and other defense attorneys. That revelation brought into question 190 criminal convictions in which Williams was a witness.
Colorado Supreme Court regulation counsel John Gleason’s office in Denver, which is set up exclusively to deal with complaints against attorneys in Colorado, conducted a lengthy investigation into Greer’s complaint.
“Based on our investigation – and this was an extensive investigation – we didn’t think we could prove intentional withholding of evidence by the D.A.’s office,” he said.
“The claim was dismissed based on the facts and the law,” Gleason said Friday. “The bottom line is that for us to establish a violation of the rules of professional conduct . we have to establish that a D.A. intentionally withheld exculpatory evidence.”
Gleason also said all the staff in the Ninth District Attorney’s Office was “100 percent cooperative.”
Greer was not available for comment.
So far, Myers said, two cases have been dismissed because of the failure of his office to inform defense attorneys about Williams’ criminal past.
Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511
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