H. Michael Steinberg has over 32 years experience practicing Colorado criminal law. Mr. Steinberg strives to stay current with the ever changing aspects of criminal law issues and updates resulting in his extensive knowledge of successful criminal defense as well as appellate work. He is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, the Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association, and the Colorado and Arapahoe Bar Associations.

Articles Posted in Prosecutorial Misconduct

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Colorado Criminal Law - Tricks Police Use To Get Your Statement - The Interview Room.jpgBy H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Colorado Criminal Law – Tricks Police Use To Get You To Confess – The Interview Room Even the interview room itself is designed to play a role in wearing down the target, whether that target is the suspect, a witness, or even possibly the alleged victim of a crime.

Designing The Interview Room – Where The Interrogation Takes Place

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A recent case involving the freeing of an innocent man – Brian Banks College Football Player – jailed for 5 years – once again supports the removal of the prosecutor’s “weapons” of mandatory sentencing laws – here in Colorado and around the county.

Banks was accused of rape by a teenaged girl – but rather than take his chances with a jury – even though he was innocent of the charge – he pleaded no contest to the childhood friend’s false accusation of rape in 2002.

The alleged “victim” later recanted the accusations.

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The Duty to Due Justice

What every criminal lawyer knows – defense or prosecutor – is simple. Within the criminal justice system, the prosecutor (DA), not the judge – not the jury – and certainly not the criminal defense lawyer – has the most power.

In other forms of our government – there is a balance of power – checks and balances are written into both the State of Colorado and United States Constitutions by our forefathers. Not so in the criminal justice system. That system was taken almost wholesale from British Empire.

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A Weld County Colorado prosecutor will face a civil lawsuit for money damages as a result of abusing her power in the prosecution of a college student for publishing a column know as the “Howling Pig”.

Deputy District Attorney Susan Knox violated Thomas Mink’s constitutional rights in 2003 when the DA approved a search warrant Minks Greeley, Colorado home where Mink lived with his mother.

“Ms. Knox violated Mr. Finks’ Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures,” said well known and respected Judge Lewis Babcock in his 11 page opinion.

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Colorado detective charged with perjury

DENVER — Fort Collins Police Lt. James Broderick, the lead detective in the Tim Masters murder investigation, was on Wednesday indicted by the Larimer County Grand Jury on eight counts of first-degree perjury, The Denver Post reports.

Broderick is accused of concealing evidence that would have helped Masters at his 1998 trial, at which he was found guilty of the 1987 murder of Peggy Hettrick. The conviction was overturned in 2008 when DNA evidence pointed to other suspects.