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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Prosecutors exchange semitrailer brake shoe as “souvenir” in Colorado truck driver trial

Screenshot of a Facebook post by First Judicial District Deputy District Attorney Kayla Wildman.

Two deputy district attorneys who prosecuted the truck driver who caused a fatal pileup on Interstate 70 last week were sentenced to 110 years in prison, exchanging a trophy-like gift, according to a screenshot of a Facebook post. Deputy District Attorney Kayla Wildman.

In an undated post, which has since been removed or made private, Wildman wrote that Senior Deputy District Attorney Trevor Moritzki, who conducted the trial with him, “turned a brake shoe into a memento from a semi truck”. Changed.

An image attached to the post shows a gold plaque on the clear brake portion. The plaque includes Wildman’s name, the case number of the trucker’s case, and the phrase “I-70 Case”.

The truck driver, Rogel Aguilera-Maderos, 26, said during testing that he lost his brakes on April 25, 2019, in Colorado’s high country, and could not control the semitrailer he was driving. He eventually crashed into stopped traffic under an overpass in Lakewood and four people were killed in a raging 28-car pile-up.

First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King said in a statement Monday that the brake shoe case in question was not evidence. She said it is not common for prosecutors to exchange gifts to celebrate the victory of the trial.

“The post was in very bad taste and does not reflect the values ​​of my administration,” the statement said. “We have addressed this internally.”

King said through a spokesman that he became aware of the memento and Facebook post on Monday morning and took “immediate action.” He did not say what that action was.

Wildman and Moritzky could not be reached for comment on Monday. Moritzki was named one of three finalists to become an Adams County Court judge in June, but was ultimately chosen not to fill the position.

Aguilera-Maderos’ defense attorney, James Colgan, said Monday that the gift was “unprofessional.”

“Life is ruined all around and they celebrate,” he said.

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“This is very disturbing,” Tristan Gorman, the legislative policy coordinator for the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, said of the Post. “It explicitly demands justice rather than a conviction as opposed to the moral obligation of the prosecution … It is just a right to brag about a trial victory, where the lives of people on both sides end either Was gone or changed forever. The tone of it almost sounds like the prosecutor is treating it like a game he’s won.”

Douglas Cohen, a defense attorney and former prosecutor in the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said Monday that “high-fiving peers is common for trial lawyers on both sides of the aisle.”

“Whoever tells you otherwise is purer than you,” he said. “That said, the brake shoe memento shows a total lack of empathy and insults the role of prosecutors.”

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