Denver DA will review allegations of open-records violation by city attorney

From Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey was concerned enough about possible violations of state open records laws by the Denver city attorney’s office that he assigned a deputy to look into the press reports, his spokeswoman said Friday.

The Colorado Open Records Act says that willfully and knowingly withholding records is a misdemeanor, and in September 2015 the city attorney’s office told CBS Denver investigative reporter Brian Maass there was no letter rescinding the termination of Assistant City Attorney Stuart Shapiro provided to Shapiro. That letter appeared in a whistleblower complaint Shapiro filed last week.

“Allegations outlined in published media reports were enough that there was concern about the allegations,” Morrissey spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough told “The district attorney’s office is looking further into them. It’s not a formal review. It’s not an investigation, yet.”

Kimbrough said their attorney is gathering any documentation he can and should have a decision about how to proceed as soon as the middle of next week.

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