Lou Keel, the Assistant District Attorney that helped to prosecute the case against bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, was arrested Thursday evening for prostitution, after he solicited an undercover female officer for sex.
This is a total embarrassment for the District Attorney's office, and although Mr. Keel has been suspended with pay, he needs to be punished to the full extent of the law, especially since he is a representative of the law.
Lou was one of my very first bosses. I thought he was a good guy and a great attorney AND I still do.
I didn't think anything could get as wild & crazy as the Oklahoma County Courthouse when I was there (which has been some time a go), & the Denver Jail is sure working on it.
From my perspective, the closer one gets to the criminal justice system the more absurd & surreal things seem to become. I'm not the first to observe that those drawn to the ultra-high adrenaline law & order jury trial -- "this is better than sex" -- endeavors are often simply different sides of the same excitement-seeking coin. Outgoing Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson was chastised when he talked about the "psychological issues" facing officers, and criticized for not focusing enough on "leadership" to correct problems.
I think it is both. Further, I think these lines we draw between the good people (like law enforcement & "us") and the bad people (criminals) -- end up biting us in the backside -- again, and again, and again.
Mental health is suffering a shortage of mental health professionals.
My modest proposal -- train those in the criminal justice system as --- "peer specialists."