Stephanie VillafuerteNominee Attorney
Beth McCannNominee Attorney
Detective Martin E. Vigil
10 weeks after Hal Hebert’s trial, police and prosecutors learned that their star witness Richard White, whom they coached to provide false testimony, was a serial killer. White had entered another victim's home; he shot the victim in the head; he robbed the victim, and then he drove off in the victim's vehicle.
The same Denver police homicide Squad investigated. Then Mr. White was charged (by none other than Kerri Lombardi) with 52 major felonies including nine murders, eleven rapes, seven kidnappings, and many robberies and firearms violations. Ms. Lombardi provided a plea deal which allowed Mr. White to avoid death a penalty prosecution by quietly accepting a sentence of three consecutive life terms plus 144 more years. The same judge imposed the sentence as had presided over the trial of Hal Hebert. All the involved government officials withheld the bizarre revelation of Richard White's astonishing and grisly criminality from Mr. Hebert's defense.
Mr. White has since sworn that his testimony at Mr. Hebert's trial consisted only of "what the police and prosecutors wanted to hear." In prison, Mr. White has bragged to other inmates that he actually had committed many more crimes than he was actually charged with, including the murder of Carol Hebert. Current DA Beth McCann now contends that the three-person prosecution team in Hebert's trial were "ethical" and there's "no evidence" they had engaged in any "wrongdoing." Her position is so obviously incorrect as to force the conclusion that she has never glanced at the record, or she has chosen to brazenly lie about immutable facts.
Detective Martin E. Vigil
Detective Martin E. Vigil
Stephanie Villafuerte, nominee to be Colorado's U.S. Attorney, has denied any involvement in the illegal access of restricted federal database in order to help Bill Ritter's campaign for Governor.
Oct. 23, 2009 Villafuerte withdrew after Denver talk show host Peter Boyles, raised bright red flags about the 'culture of corruption' in her office.
Villafuert still declines to comment about the charges, and she has never publicly denied her intimate relationship with Governor Ritter.
Ms. McCann says the prosecution team "worked tirelessly in seeking justice for the victim and her family," and a review might "re-traumatize the victim's loved ones." Her hollow care for loved ones and their "re-traumatization" is nowhere mentioned in those documents. And if her concern is not mere cynicism, Ms. McCann would do well to remember the immutable fact: nobody loved Carol Hebert more than Hal Hebert. Ms. McCann says, "it is critical that confidentiality be preserved until the work is complete." Plainly, at the current rate, the investigation will never be done. Confidentiality serves the interests only of those who have something to hide--and Ms. McCann finally reveals the real reason for avoiding an honest examination: “It would damage careers".
In June of 2020, after a year of supposed "internal review" had produced no (public) findings, the DA hired an "outside organization." Now Ms. McCann says the organization has not provided any information that supports Mr. Hebert's position. But there is no indication that the organization has produced information of any kind. So, after more than three years of so-called "investigation," nothing at all has been accomplished except to cynically stall off Mr. Hebert's reasonable request for a genuine review. Mr. Hebert is now 80 years old, and the DA's tactics are obviously very costly to him in terms of the consumption of his remaining time.
DA McCann should immediately utilize her administrative authority to convene a full evidentiary hearing in order to determine the truth, regardless of whose career might be damaged by their own past malfeasance; or she should resign from an office whose duties she shows no inclination for fulfilling. All Denver citizens should be reminded of Scott Shackford's advice in Reason Magazine: Only the naïve believe that cops and prosecutors can be relied on to follow the rules when trying to get a conviction." And, it should be added, the same warning applies when they are trying to preserve a conviction, as well.
Prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective defnse counsel, inexpert judges plague systemThomas K. Carberry
First, we have a scourge of prosecutorial misconduct that has permeated our justice system for decades all over the country. Prosecutors commit misconduct because they know they can get away with it, and even if caught the courts probably will do nothing about.
Second ineffective assistance of defense counsel happens routinely.
Finally, we have courts filled with judges selected on the basis of who they know, rather on what they know. Our judiciary, both federal and state, and around the country, will do virtually anything to uphold a conviction. Our courts will do almost anything to let evidence in for the prosecution, no matter how spurious, and they will do almost anything to keep exculpatory evidence out.
True judicial reform is neededBill Reynolds
A new office aimed at investigating complaints about judges. What's worse is that process is not open or transparent the judicial branch has a tendency to sweep wrongdoing under the rug.
Colorado's judges hold immeasurable power and can have huge sway over what information juries are able to consider. Other Judges have fallen far short of the standard.
The judicial branch ahas shown it is unwilling and unable to oversee its own. Engaging in a political and legislative process in an effort to retain their own power and the veil of secrecy is only more evidence of how far astray our judges have swayed from important norms.
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November 1, 2022
Beth McCann, District Attorney
2nd Judicial District
201 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80202
District Attorney McCann:
A man named Hal Hebert is serving a life sentence in a Colorado prison.
Mr. Hebert says that your office falsely convicted him of murder in 2003 by knowingly presenting fabricated evidence and perjury; and then failed to notify his defense team of extraordinary exculpatory evidence which should have already resulted in a new trial.
I have read the transcripts and affidavits. Mr. Hebert is right. There is indisputable proof that Denver police and Deputy District Attorneys engaged in misconduct which cheated him out of a fair trial and his liberty.
You have responded to his claims by initiating a review more than three years ago. You engaged in an “independent reviewing organization” and thereafter published a “message” to Denver citizens that says Mr. Hebert’s allegations are “erroneous information,” and the “reviewing organization” has (conveniently) “found absolutely no evidence” that substantiates his claims.
The fact that an organization hired by you supports your stance in this matter is hardly surprising. But it certainly invites skepticism. Any truly independent review of this case will find irrefutable proof of astonishing prosecutorial misconduct. It is apparent in the record.
According to your office’s own communications, more than three years have passed since the beginning of your review of Mr. Hebert’s case. It’s time for the public to finally learn the name of the “independent reviewing organization” and to at last see its report on which you rely.
Please send this information to me at your earliest convenience.
Thank you sincerely,
4493 Run Road
New Tripoli, PA 18066
Hopefully, Mr. Hebert will get the justice he deserves.
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