Beeson should take lesson from Truden
It’s a new beginning for the 9th Judicial District.Martin Beeson was sworn in as new district attorney Friday, replacing Colleen Truden, the first DA recalled in the state of Colorado. Beeson defeated Truden in a recall election Dec. 13.Beeson’s election was a clear mandate from voters; 80 percent supported her ouster.Soon after Truden took office in January 2005, a succession of deputy DAs began leaving her office, complaining about her management style.Truden’s troubles deepened when it came to light that she had paid her husband $6,000 for consulting computer work. Her critics accused her of having lied about the matter. She also later faced allegations of having overspent her budget. She denied both assertions.Truden also came under fire for being less than forthright about her actions, including refusing at times to answer press calls.Now it’s Beeson’s turn.He has a daunting task ahead of him, taking over an office plagued by scandal, and a heavy load of cases that need to be prosecuted almost immediately.Even before taking office, Beeson said Friday that cases were backlogged and offenses were overcharged.It should help that he retained some attorneys from the Truden regime who are familiar with those cases and can see them through the court system.He’s also brought in his own attorneys, including Jeff Cheney, who will take over as assistant district attorney.Beyond the mammoth task of handling hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases, Beeson may have an even harder job ahead of him. Thanks to the recall election, the spotlight will be on Beeson and his office. His every move will be scrutinized and analyzed. It will be up to him to restore confidence in the DA’s office.He was critical of Truden and stated that he could do the job and do it better. Now it’s time for him to live up to his rhetoric.To his credit he has said publicly he will be open about the business of the DA’s office. That is critical, since in these early days of his administration he will be under close scrutiny.It is a relief to have the recall election over, along with the rancor that attached itself to the campaign. We hope Beeson lives up to his promise to put the past behind him.
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