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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Making Up Their Own Rules ...

I love this. A Rocky Mountain News reporter was accessing her legal right to attend a public hearing of a parole revocation.
"But parole board hearing officer Celeste C de Baca then refused to allow the reporter to attend, citing jail rules giving the defense attorney the right to refuse access...
Parole board staff members told the Rocky this week that a parole revocation hearing scheduled for Friday at the Denver jail would be open to the public, and no special arrangements were required."

It's pretty bad when contracted parole hearing officers don't know the rules and are supposed to navigate through the myriad of technical violations and laws to decide whether someone has to go back to prison.

"Finally, Parole Board Chairman Stanley was tracked down. He called C de Baca to say the hearing was public. By then, it was over.

1 comment:

Kathie said...

Yeah, I thought I saw her broom in the parking lot.