Not only was it foolish of Gov. Polis to rely on social media petitions and counsel from Kim Kardashian West, it turns out he set a “troubling precedent” by knocking 100 years off a truck driver’s sentence for killing four people in the I-70 crash.
District attorneys say Polis’s decision to commute Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence while the court was actively reconsidering the it undermined the integrity and confidence that Coloradans place in the justice system.
The complaint came in a letter from District Attorney Michael Dougherty of the 20th Judicial District in Boulder County, Polis’s home turf, and Daniel Rubenstein of the 21st Judicial District that includes Mesa County.
The lawyers serve on the Sentencing Reform Task Force, and issued the letter in advance of their meeting with Polis this month at the Colorado District Attorney’s Council.
While they agreed 110 years was too severe, they say the final sentence should have been left to the court.
Already we are seeing the damage Polis caused by abusing his political power — this time to intrude on the judicial process just to score election year political politics with his progressive base.
The attorneys cited a Boulder County case where the defense lawyer in a rape and incest case is arguing his client’s eight-year prison sentence is excessive. The lawyer relies on Polis’s decision to commute Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence to 10 years for killing four people to justify his argument.
“Sentences should be influenced by the facts and circumstances, not by petitions, on line surveys, or tweets,” the attorneys wrote in a letter obtained by KDVR.
Speaking of which, Polis still hasn’t explained the role Kardashian West played in his decision to commute Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence to an insulting 10 years.
And now everyone knows the fastest way to get their criminal sentence reduced is to have Kim Kardashian call the Governor of Colorado before the legal proceedings are even finished.
WWKKD shouldn’t be determining prison sentences in Colorado.#copolitics #coleg https://t.co/yZoLBDDmIV
— Mr T 2 (@GovtsTheProblem) January 26, 2022
Polis has abused his powers as governor throughout his term acting more like a dictator than a duly elected governor.
Whether it was his authoritarian rule for more than a year of the pandemic that ruined many lives and businesses, or his failed attempt to dictate how we can commute to work, Polis just can’t seem to get out of our way.
But there’s an election coming up in November that could change all that.
Read the letter here from the attorneys that clearly outlines why Polis was wrong to interfere.
A must read. Further confirmation that the only people pleased with @GovofCO reckless, unprecedented and unjustifiable clemency decision were the trucker who killed 4 innocent Coloradans (injured 6 others) and…Kim Kardashian. #copolitics https://t.co/kOUtciNtBy
— George Brauchler (@GeorgeBrauchler) January 26, 2022