Year in Review: The 2013 Hall of Shame, part two

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Tom Heckert
Every year, we bring you the best examples of the worst behavior that we can find from the past 365 days of news stories. And from secessionists to bigoted bakers to Tom Martino and Mother Nature, there was plenty of shame and shmuckery to go around in this year's Hall of Shame.

We selected the ten most egregious offenders of common decency for your reading pleasure, and served up the first five Hall of Shamers yesterday. Here are the rest.

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Year in Review: The 2013 Hall of Shame, part one

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The 51st State Initiative logo
Every year, we bring you the best examples of the worst behavior we can find from the past 365 days of news stories. And from secessionists to bigoted bakers to Tom Martino and Mother Nature, there was plenty of shame and shmuckery to go around in the 2013 Hall of Shame.

We selected the ten most egregious offenders of common decency for your reading pleasure; here are the first five. (Be sure to check back tomorrow for the rest.)

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Top ten most popular Schmucks of 2013

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Each Friday, we feature our choice for the Schmuck of the Week. So, with the year winding down, how did we determine the top ten? We let you do it.

The following Schmucks starred in the ten most popular Schmuck of the Week posts published over the course of 2013.

Check out excerpts from each entry, and click on the headlines or final links to read the original items.

Count down 2013's schmuckiest Schmucks below.

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Who will make Westword's 2011 Hall of Shame?

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This guy made the cut last year.
Colorado certainly withstood its share of shmucks, scoundrels and scumbags in 2011, from poorly-behaved celebrities to douchebags in parking lots to public servants and politicians who made us cringe. And you can find their stories in our Shmuck of the Week archives. But the lowest of the low are inducted each year into Westword's Hall of Shame. And we certainly had a lot of characters to choose from. Who made the cut? Find out tomorrow when we reveal our 2011 Hall of Shame class. Need a teaser?

Well, then, check out our class from 2010 and some previous years.

Emmanuel Theus-Roberts, attempted murderer and shmuck, pays another fare

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Theus-Roberts.
Trying to kill someone is no laughing matter, and attempted murder goes way beyond the term "shmuck." But 22-year-old Emmanuel Theus-Roberts, sentenced today to eighty years in jail for shooting a cab driver, deserves to be called lots of names.

In June 2010, Theus-Roberts got a cab and then rode around in it for more than an hour before asking to be dropped off at 33rd Avenue and Williams Street. When the cab driver tried to collect his money, though, Theus-Roberts came up $10 short.

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They're back: Three shmucky characters return to the headlines

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Carrie McCandless
Yesterday was a big day for some of Colorado's most embarrassing characters.

Two of Westword's former Shmuck of the Week award winners, Carrie McCandless and Brett Reese, were back in the news, along with Ann Crall, a member of our 2010 Hall of Shame.

Stay tuned to the Latest Word today to learn our latest Shmuck of the Week. In the meantime, here's a recap of what went down.

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And our Shmuck of the Year winner is...

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All he had to do was not say something stupid and it's possible that we would now be getting ready to inaugurate Scott McInnis Colorado's next governor. After all, the Republican surge -- led by the anti-Obama Tea Party segment -- turned the elections into a near-bloodbath for Democratic candidates across the country.

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Shmuck of the Year readers' poll


We're going to announce our pick for Shmuck of the Year for 2010 on January 3, but before that, we'd like you to cast your vote for your favorite shmuck.


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iPad theft defendant Brandon Smith, 2010 Shmuck of the Year nominee

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Theft in action.
Westword is asking readers to help us select the Shmuck of the Year by rolling out five candidates this month. The winner -- loser -- will be announced on January 3. Our first four candidates were Josh McDaniels, Scott McInnis, Gary Faulkner and Ron Perea.

This week, say hello to Brandon Smith, who's been accused of stealing an iPad and then trying to kill the victim:

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Ron Perea, 2010 Shmuck of the Year nominee

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Ron Perea.
Westword is asking readers to help us select a Shmuck of the Year by rolling out a new candidate each week throughout the month of December.

The winner -- loser -- will be announced on January 3. Our first three candidates were Josh McDaniels, Scott McInnis and Osama-hunter Gary Faulkner.

This week, say hello to Ron Perea, Denver's former Manager of Safety -- at least for three months:

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