Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 7, 1977 · Page 3
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 3

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, June 7, 1977
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·nies.,June 7,1977 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 3 Weld cutt'ng back OH picu b By FRED MENDENHALL Tribune Stall Writer What Ihe Denver and Boulder district attorneys plan to do later this year, the Weld County District Attorney's Office has been doing for about three months now -- cutting down on the practice of plea bargaining. Weld County District Attorney Robert Miller is very direct in expressing his feelings about plea bargaining. He says flatly, "I hate it. It's not fair'to anyone-- it's not fair to the public, the police, the courts, the prosecution or the defendants. Nobody likes it." Plea bargaining involves a defendant charged with a crime agreeing to plead guilty to a lesser offense, \Jhereby cutting back on court dockets anqemands on prosecutors' tit Denver DA Di Tooley said recently, thjhe will halt the praclij in September and Boul* DA Alex Hunter said he 111 end it before the end |the year. About the efct of the cutback on plefcargaining by his officeJil'er said, "It's too earlyJ tell, but I don't believe/will be the cure-all they/Tooley and Hunter) see fo be. "We're fljg fewer and better case/ but we will probably h# to have plea bargaining/unusual cases. I wish we )d the facilities court-wise/rid prosecution- wise to t ijevery case, but we woulrfnave to have a courtho* as big as downtowjGreeley and a lot more people to handle the caseload. "We're filing cases where we think they should end up and not filing cases above where they belong and bargaining down I think it is going to cut down on filings, but plea bargaining can't and shouldn't be done away with entirely--sometimes a witness changes his story or we get new information between the . time the charges are filed and we have to go to trial." Miller noted that Weld County courts are among the · highest in the state in terms of cases that actually go to . trial. "Plea bargaining doesn't instill much confidence in anybody, but we have to have it in some cases," Miller said. One-mile section of Weld 33 Weld will open road east of Fort Lupton ByJOHXSEELMEYER Tribune Slalf Writer Weld County Commissioners Monday directed staff members to start wheels in motion to open a one-mile section of Weld 33 between Weld 16 and Weld 14 east of Fort Lupton. Residents of the area petitioned for the road to be opened about two years ago, but the request fell by Ihe wayside. Commissioner Leonard Roe said the road is on the east side of the Aristocrat Acres subdivision and would provide the only north-south link between Weld 14 and Weld 16 in the area. The commissioners told County Engineer Frank Smith to start surveying the area. Legal notification of neighboring landowners will then follow. The road was v. 2ned several years ago, but never dedicated to the county. It was closed after trash-dumping problems were reported by neighboring landowners.. In other action Monday, the commissioners voted to spend $1,625 monthly for the architectural firm of NHPQ to have a full-time representative at the site of the Centennial Center now under construction. Under the terms of the original contract for construction of the building, NHPQ was to be paid for the representative, but that portion of the agreement expired in March. Payment for the representative will increase to $1,725 monthly in 1978. The project is scheduled for completion sometime next year. The commissioners also: - Took under study a petition from four Gill residents asking that an alley in that town be closed. -- Renewed the tavern license for Ye Village Inn west of Greeley. -Approved a policy allowing department heads and elected officials to fire employes for work-related problems, including inadequate performance. Appeals will be heard by the county personnel department and a member of the county legal staff. - Established 35- and 45- mile-per-hour speed limits on a one-mile section of Weld 5 immediately south of Colo. 52. Cowboy Prayer Breakfast slated as part of Stampede celebration The Cowboy Division of the pe^de, toll spo Fellowship of Christian Prayer Bre; Athletes in cooperation with the morning, July Greeley Independence Stam- will be held at of Greeley an a.m. The progra nationally k gospel singer the cowboy Fellowship -£.£ JjtOUX zRs.itauia.nt Highway 85, U Salle 284-5119 or a Cowboy Athletes. ist Sunday "Breakfast will be ordered The breakfast from the menu," said Dr. Hank e Holiday Inn Scheel of Greeley chairman of 'ill begin at 8 the event. "We expect a good turnout and invite any in- will feature terested people in the area to ivn traveling attend." n Mustian and For information contact the ision of the Greeley Independence Stam: Christian pede Office at 356-2855. 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