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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 04:14 PM
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Martin Erzinger, Morgan Stanley Wealth Manager, Won't Face Felony Charges for Hit & Run
Source: Huffington Post

Martin Erzinger, pictured, allegedly struck a cyclist with his vehicle. He will not face criminal charges due to the district attorney's concern for Erzinger's career. A Morgan Stanley wealth manager will not face felony charges for a hit-and-run because Colorado prosecutors don't want him to lose his job.

Martin Joel Erzinger, who manages more than $1 billion in assets for Morgan Stanley in Denver, is being accused only of a misdemeanor for allegedly driving his Mercedes into a cyclist and then fleeing the scene, Colorado's Vail Daily reports. The victim, Dr. Steven Milo, whom Erzinger allegedly hit in July, suffered spinal cord injuries, bleeding from his brain and, according to his lawyer Harold Haddon, "lifetime pain."

But District Attorney Mark Hurlbert says it wouldn't be wise to prosecute Erzinger -- doing so might hurt his source of income. Here's Vail Daily:

"Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger's profession, and that entered into it," Hurlbert said. "When you're talking about restitution, you don't want to take away his ability to pay."
"We have talked with Mr. Haddon and we had their objections, but ultimately it's our call," Hurlbert said.



Read more: www.huffingtonpost.com



This is the decision by the Denver, CO district attorney. In today's "justice" system, money increasingly trumps all else, including black letter law.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 04:21 PM
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1. Restitution? Start by seizing his McMansion, Mercedes, etc.
'cause see, if you sent him to jail where he belongs, he wouldn't be needing them anyway. :grr:
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stuart68 Donating Member (556 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 06:36 PM
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14. He should be suspended for abandoning his responsibilities.
This is pathetic.
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 04:26 PM
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2. Not the Denver DA.
This is the Eagle County DA - a complete arse.
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 06:31 PM
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13. Thanks for the correction. He's the Eagle County DA
Too late for me to edit.
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Jim Sagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 04:31 PM
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3. Rule of law bitchez
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NuclearDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 04:36 PM
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4. 'Concern for his career'?
How about 'concern for the innocent person this jackass hit'?

Excuse me...'allegedly hit'?
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 04:38 PM
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5. I'm all for leniency, but how about being as lenient with the poor
as with the rich. A felony charges ruins the careers of everyone who is charged. So let's only charge people when it is really needed -- and I think it is needed for the folks on Wall Street, but perhaps not for this accident. I say I don't know whether it would be appropriate for the accident because I don't really know the facts. I couldn't find the article on Huffington Post. For some reason the website was not loading correctly.
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 06:06 PM
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10. here's the direct link to the story
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mbperrin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 04:41 PM
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6. Hey, not being a billion dollar fund manager is hurting my career!!!
So now I get the job, right? Career damage can't be tolerated, right?





This is one of the stupidest decisions I have ever heard of by a prosecutor. Period.
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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 05:19 PM
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7. "Too Big To Fail"
Seems to be the American way... Torture prisoners of war, no problem, you are too important to be prosecuted...USA...USA...USA...
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 08:40 PM
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19. +1
PB
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cynzke Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 05:22 PM
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8. Recall!
Don't know if Hurlbert can be recalled or fired. He should be forced out of his job. This is inexcusable. Not only is Hurlbert not performing his duties, his explanation for not pressing charges reveals Hurlbert is not mentally competent to carry out his responsibilities. Dr. Milo could have suffered permanent paralysis or worse, being left in a ditch! Immediate medical attention was needed and Erzinger fleeing the scene may have contributed to the extent of Milo's injuries and Milo could have died had he not received care when he did.
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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 06:02 PM
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9. This is what we should be sending in petitions on...this is in your
face and saying if you have billions you don't have to worry about going to jail for a hit and run with injuries..I can't understand why we are not very vocal on this...just like we were with Keith..I see a ho hum attitude on this...
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shawn703 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 06:08 PM
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11. Bet prosecutors wouldn't look out for Main Street like that
How's that for "justice"?
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 06:09 PM
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12. We have become a nation of outlaws.
The bankers rob the people now. The AWOL runs the military. The "Beacon Of Freedom" tortures unarmed prisoners and bombs children.
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 06:39 PM
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15. He never called 911; but stopped to call Mercedes auto assistance to report damage to vehicle.
Wall Street Justice | Main | Mark Hurlbert: Corrupt Prosecutor
www.crimeandfederalism.com/2010/11/district-attorney-ma...

November 07, 2010
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert Accepts Bribes?
One has to wonder how much money District Attorney Mark Hurlbert accepted to allow this crime to go unpunished:

Dr Milo was bicycling eastbound on Highway 6 near Eagle when Martin Joel Erzinger allegedly hit him with the black 2010 Mercedes Benz sedan he was driving.

Erzinger fled the scene and was arrested later, police say. He drove until he reached a Pizza Hut parking lot, where he stopped and called Mercedes auto assistance to report the damage to his vehicle.

That's a felony hit-and-run. Everyone criminal lawyer knows this. It's a serious crime. What's worse is that Erzinger called to report damage to his own car rather than call 9-1-1. An ethical prosecutor would say in court, "That's an aggravating factor evidencing a lack of remorse. It also shows a truly depraved individual who elevates the condition of his expensive car to another person's life!"

Nevertheless, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert violated his oath of office, and violated the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, by treating a rich criminal defendant "more equally" than
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 06:42 PM
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16. This outrageous behavior is typical of this DA.
(A reply to the above link/comment:

Reply November 07, 2010 at 02:23 PM Laura Victoria said...
Having the misfortune of living in his district, I follow and write about disastrous DA Mark Hurlbert more than anyone. He had no problem accepting the maximum limit of campaign contributions from Ali Hasan and his family, the leading Muslim contributor to GOP candidates in the US (head of Muslims for Bush). He failed to recuse himself from a criminal investigation into Hasan in 2008 and ultimately no-filed the case behind closed doors, despite both Hurlbert and Hasan both being active Republicans in Vail and Breckenridge.

Moreover, according to Hasan, Hurlbert helped in his 2008 campaign for the state house. Then, in 2010,Hasan and famile accounted for about 20 percent of Hurlbert's campaign contributions for his failed run for the Colorado State Senate. Here's the link: http://wp.me/pzqev-j7

I would agree with your conclusion about the bribe but for one factor - Hurlbert seems to have a general reversal of priorities in prosecution that calls for going light on serious cases and Ahabesque-obsessive on stupid cases. He charged two veteran women mountain bikers with felonies for swapping race bibs in a local amateur race -http://wp.me/pzqev-jC ; he is prosecuting for the third time a guy for kiddie porn, despite two prior hungs - the last 9-3 NG; he prosecuted relentlessly a kid who threw a snowball at someone without injuring the person. It goes on and on an on with this guy.

Then, another guy without provocation and in a drunken rage pulls a black woman buy her hair across the floor of a bar, pulling half of it out, while screaming the n-word and c-word at her. Rightfully charged with a felony, Hurl pleads the case to a misdemeanor and 60 days work release.
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ozymandius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 06:53 PM
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17. And what if he were a teacher?
Felony indictment? Decade in prison?
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 06:59 PM
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18. Restitution? Doesn't he have insurance? Doesn't he have property that can be seized?
WTF kind of justice is this? What year is it again?
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Doremus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 08:59 PM
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20. I wish this was a prosecutor in my area.
I would be picketing outside his house, seriously. I don't know why people aren't ... or maybe they are?

We the people may be virtually powerless to stop Wall St. bailout-size stuff but local outrages like this, hell, bring 'em on!
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 09:01 PM
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21. What exactly does a "wealth manager" do?
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unkachuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 09:20 PM
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22. I wonder if....
....erzinger would face felony charges if he 'hit and run' Warren Buffett?

....get well, Dr. Milo, and welcome to corporate America....
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Demonaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 02:23 AM
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23.  Bicyclist angry over lesser charges in Vail hit and run
Edited on Tue Nov-09-10 01:18 AM by Demonaut
Source: Denver Post

A financial manager will not face felony charges for a hit-and-run, prosecutors said Thursday.

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


Milo, 34, is a physician living in New York City with his wife and two children, where he is still recovering from his injuries, court records show.

Milo suffered spinal cord injuries, bleeding from his brain and damage to his knee and scapula, according to court documents.




Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16556353?source=rss



so, If your wealthy the laws and consequences are optional
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 02:23 AM
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24. check header
Edited on Tue Nov-09-10 01:20 AM by DURHAM D
fixed

Note: Not latest breaking and has been posted multiple times.
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Demonaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 02:23 AM
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25. fixed it
thanks
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 02:23 AM
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26. I'm thinking some particularly evil thoughts about this one.
financial manager and a hit and run chickenshit.........If he's a Republican he has the trifecta of assholery.....


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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 02:23 AM
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27. Clearly, Sir, The Peasant Should Not have Been In Front Of The Noble Lord's Car
Dr. Milo should count himself lucky he is not up on charges....
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