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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Q: when is felony hit-and-run only a misdemeanor? A: when a wealthy perp commits the crime in Vail

without a doubt, one of the most disturbing, and indeed digusting, miscarriages of justice in my recent memory is being played out a few short kilometers away in Eagle county, Colorado.
it seems that if you are sufficiently wealthy, you can escape felony hit-and-run charges after leaving a cyclist for dead and driving away from the scene of the accident- simple as that, and Eagle county prosecutor Mark Hulbert will be there to get your back.

this is a brief excerpt from the Vail Daily, which is covering the story:

EAGLE, Colorado — A financial manager for wealthy clients will not face felony charges for a hit-and-run because it could jeopardize his job, prosecutors said Thursday.

Martin Joel Erzinger, 52, faces two misdemeanor traffic charges stemming from a July 3 incident when he allegedly hit bicyclist Dr. Steven Milo from behind then sped away, according to court documents.

here is a link to the rest of the article.

and again, i would like to point out that it doesn't matter one bit if the motorist has hit a cyclist, pedestrian, skateboarder, homeless guy or any other person or pet out on the public roadways.
if the motorist leaves the scene, is drunk, drugged, impaired by cell phone usage or texting, or anything else for that matter, they should face the harshest possible penalties for their cowardly actions... no exemptions for wealth, social status, etc. will be considered.

being counted amongst the fabulously wealthy "1/2 of the top 1 percenters" does not buy a get "out of jail free card" from the consequences of committing a crime, no matter how rich and powerful the perpetrator is.

Eagle county D.A. Mark Hurlburt should be dis-barred. his actions are questionable and unethical, to name a few. to this outside observer, the whole thing reeks of a pay-off. i honestly hope that isn't the case, but what is a person to think, given the shennannigans at the D.A.'s office surrounding this case?

( UPDATE sunday p.m.)
it is worth mentioning here that D.A. Mark Hurlburt is the same prosecutor that brought FELONY charges against Wendy Lyall (of Vail, btw) for the infamous "leadville 100 number swap" last year. the case was later plead down to a misdemeanor and Ms. Lyall was subsequently found guilty.
admittedly, i am no attorney. but given these two cases and Mr. Hurlburt's approach from a prosecutorial standpoint demonstrates clearly that the notion of bringing charges that are comensurate with the crime is brutally skewed in Eagle county, Colorado

please take a few moments at this time to sign the petition below. then, forward the petition to as many associates as possible who will also take action.

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call the Eagle county District Attorney's office and let them know how you feel as well: the phone number for the Eagle county D.A. is 970-328-6947. also let them know that your hard-earned dollars will not be spent in Vail or Eagle county as a direct result of how their "justice system" has handled this case.

readers may also send a personal email to Mr. Erzinger, letting him know exactly how they feel about what he did.


readers are also encouraged to contact his employer. Mr. Erzinger's reperhensible conduct on the roads of Colorado is most certainly a direct reflection upon his ethics and morals as a human being and calls into question his reasoning and ability to make sound, rational decisions at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's personal wealth management division, where he is currently employed (and hopefully, not for much longer).

personally, i am hoping that he gets a nice room and an extended stay at the "grey bar hotel" for christmas.

1 comment:

  1. If anyone has a an account at organ Stanley Smith Barney's, close it. Make sure to cite this case. I am closing mine in light of their misconduct. Who know what other laws they may break.