Videos: 7News shares Mitch Morrissey's criticism of station for rape story

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The rape-kit report may not have fit Morrissey's definition of fairness, but it certainly got the attention of lawmakers such as Republican Frank McNulty, who eventually sponsored House Bill 1020. According to the Colorado GOP website, the measure "requires the Department of Public Safety to adopt standards for when evidence collected after a sexual assault is submitted and when it must be analyzed and compared to DNA databases."

Here's a 7News piece about the bill after it unanimously passed the House Judiciary Committee:

The measure's legislative winning streak continued from there, with the bill ultimately winning approval from both chambers of the Colorado legislature. It went to the desk of Governor John Hickenlooper on May 8, the last day of the 2013 session, and he's expected to sign it.

Morrissey's comments about the rape-kit report are general, not specific, in his exchange with Rabon. But when it came to their subsequent meeting about the sex-assault prosecution story, he amended the off-camera requirement -- by having a staff member set up one on his behalf while prohibiting 7News from using its own. The station managed to work around this restriction, though. Afterward, when Morrissey again refused to do an on-camera interview with Rabon, the station obtained the DA's office footage via an open-records request and shared it as well. See the two-part exchange below.

Why was it so important for Rabon to speak with Morrissey on-camera?

"We're a video-driven medium," notes news director Harris. "Our interviews are on-camera. We'd had numerous conversations on the record and on background with folks from the office -- just not him. But because he's the decision-maker, and an elected official, we felt it was our duty to get a response from him.

"In the end, he chose never to sit down with our cameras," Harris continues. "But we found through open records a decent-enough medium to provide that perspective for our viewers."

As for Rabon, Harris stands behind her "100 percent. She's done excellent reporting on meaningful subject matter."

What about the DA's criticism of her work? In Harris's words, "Mitch Morrissey has never been interviewed by Keli Rabon and has no idea how she edits -- because he's never been a part of her stories."

Odds are good he won't be making an appearance anytime soon, either.

Continue for four videos related to Mitch Morrissey and sexual assault prosecution.

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I have written countless times how Colorado welcomes, pampers, and PROTECTS the sex-offender !

Another sick example lies in the ABSOLUTE protection & resources spent on the sex-offender while incarcerated in D.O.C.  This is proven in so many different circumstances . Better housing, earlier parole, because this state does NOT consider the sex-offender violent, AND can be totally 'cured' through one, one hour per week,  class or counseling session .

Additionally, a great majority of offenders in this state are white AND Colorado wants it's prisons like any other state's, DARK ..... !

Prisons are for the 'untreatable' drug offenders !...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

What else would one expect from 'Bitch Morrissey' ? 

He's a Carole Chambers wannabe' !.....

Try selling your 'soul' to the devil . It worked amazingly for Ms. Chambers !

Alethea Smock
Alethea Smock

Wow. Just Wow. Denver deserves better. The lack of empathy is appalling, bordering on criminal.

Nandrolone
Nandrolone

"To know the good is to do the good" ~Socrates

Nandrolone
Nandrolone

fbi.org FOCUS ON ETHICS Rethinking Ethics in law Enforcement by brian D. Fitch, Ph.D. "only those who demonstrate strong moral values"..."police misconduct...such incidents undermine public trust"..."ethic training programs"..."virtue ethics"..."officers' characters and the various ways they respond to moral dilemmas, this illustrates fundamental differences in their personal values"...getting rid of "bad apples"..."behavior results from consequences"..."cognitive rationalizations"..."Law enforcement leaders must create a culture of ethics"...

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

Do you want to know the REAL reason these cats don't want to prosecute rape-o's and still kick down doors for weed?? Take a guess... :)

rick.jason59
rick.jason59

Morrissey is a walking bag of dog feces.  He goes after Coloradans who dare to speak up to the marxist state legislators who want to gut the 2nd Amendment, and charge them with felonies for making phony threats, but he refuses to prosecute rapists.  He's a thug politician.

rootsverdes
rootsverdes

23:36 of part one video: Morrissey: "...to ask them to FLUSH out their investigation"  sheesh. drives me crazy. 

wrobert.weller
wrobert.weller

The DA would rather bust people for drunken infoxication, which brings in fine money. Investigating rapes would take time and skill neither he nor police have. The FBI says only a very small fraction of rape claims are false.

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

The D.A. has made it clear that all cases of raping and driving stoned will be prosecuted.....Give credit where credit is due, haters...

Drew Schaefer
Drew Schaefer

I antiipate Resignation Letter in hours... ?

Rick Wainwright
Rick Wainwright

hahaha.. is that not like the pot calling the kettle black??

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Nandrolone  This would require the police to police themselves and each other .

NEVER 'truly' happen !..............

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@betweenthelines  More go unreported or  NOT investigated to fully validate your point . I'm not saying saying you are wrong,  just I hate to have rape and marijuana associated or compared .

attm.mb860
attm.mb860

@betweenthelines Stats?   How many presented, how many Prosecuted, and how many convictions.    Need something to give credit for. So far the Reporterette is way ahead in this debate. You are #1 in ad hominem attacks.\This is not a New DA, His promise as a Dem? Result Maam, just results.

attm.mb860
attm.mb860

@Drew Schaefer You are talking about a Dem in a Dem world. Why would he resign?

If you are being sarcastic.  .  .  .

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay @wrobert.weller  

You see my friend , these are the types you ignore . Not worth responding . Much like around %75 do when they see 'Clyde' & that ridiculous red star . That star means ZERO,   when WW gives it out to those such as 'stuka1' . I NEVER requested a star nor did WW 'warn' me of the 'honor' . I almost feel censored w/ it & can't share my sickest of humor and sarcasm, the %75  are missing . I'm truly not that vain .

Does ANYONE agree ?


betweenthelines
betweenthelines

@attm.mb860 @betweenthelinesYour post is garbled and confusing. Speak English. I said the guy was gonna do the right thing and prosecute people who were raping while driving stoned....He's keeping you and I safe, you moron..... :)

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