Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rosemary Marshall Announces

Former House District 8 Representative Rosemary Marshall announced her willingness to fill the vacancy created by President Obama's appointment of State Senator Peter Groff to the US Department of Education. She is certainly our first choice because she has the experience and ability to fill the position. She is a proven leader. She knows the ropes and can assume the responsibilities of office immediately. No one else suggested so far (that we know of) comes anywhere near her qualifications. In addition, she has a grace and dignity that would make us proud to have her as our Senator. Marshall's letter:
As the former State Representative for house district 8, from 2000 - 2008, I am asking for your support to continue my public service to the citizens of the community by succeeding Peter Groff in the State Senate. My eight years of legislative experience and in-depth knowledge of the general assembly process would ease this transition and provide needed consistency for representation of the district. There are critical issues currently being debated that will continue into the 2010 legislative session. In 2011 we will be faced with the very crucial and political challenge of redrawing legislative and congressional districts based on the new census data. I participated in this process in 2001 while serving in the House of Representatives. Other legislative experience includes serving as chair person of Business Affairs and Labor, and serving on the committees of Finance, Judiciary, and Audit. I have sponsored and had passed numerous bills in the areas of consumer protection, criminal justice, health and education. Prior to being elected in 2000, I was MIT-Harvard certified in public policy disputes. I am a life long resident of Denver, and well acquainted with the quality of life issues and concerns of the district. I recognize and respect that you have choices. I would be honored to serve you in the Colorado State Senate. Rosemary Marshall


  1. Dave Felice3:10 PM

    In addition to her experience and ability, Rosemary Marshall is highly respected by General Assembly members of both parties and the constituents of House District 8. Rosemary Marshall knows the people, and the people know her. She is ready to fill the post left vacant by Peter Groff. I am pleased to support the appointment of Rosemary Marshall.

  2. Although I hate racial designations to describe in part who I am, I must acquiesce to my feelings and say I am a mixed person but never the less identified as a member of the Black race. I am 62 years of age and a resident of Colorado all my natural life, and I have college and work education and experience in Microwave Engineering, and telecommunication of an administrator level.

    Now, that that is done, when you were part of the judiciary I had sent emails to all on the judiciaries. My emails centered on the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act.

    I want to know without any prompting from me, what you see as real problems in that federal statute including SORNA the implementing guidelines for the Adam Walsh Act with regards to Title I, and the section on juvenile registration?

    I have no background in the legal area, but here is what I do know. 1) When a person is sentenced and conditions are placed on a person as part of that sentence, the case is settled (legal term).

    When legislators whether in Washington or inside the state make a new law (important to remember) and legislatively changes the sentencing conditions, and makes those conditions harsher (becomes punishment) than the conditions under which a person was sentenced, that there is a real problem of Separation of Powers in which a legislature by means of a new law changes a courts settled decision, there is a real problem of fairness in the law and possibly an involvement of Res Judicata, and other matters that have deprived a person of due process in the law, then there is a real egregious problem with Title 1, Section A of those two statues, the Adam Walsh Act and SORNA.

    Before or during the time the state makes its version of the Adam Walsh Act, the retrospection of Title I either must be extremely restricted or eliminated totally, meaning that anyone previously sentenced where their case had been settled in a court of law, the conditions and sentencing must not be allowed to be legislatively changed.

    All legislators must face reality and acknowledge in them and in the law that not everyone who is a registered sex offender is a child molester, sexual predator, or anyone who had any form of sexual contact or sexual involvement with a child.

    The state must support the SOMB in keeping assessments as the better method rather than adopting the categorical method of SORNA that has been seen in other states as forcing people into higher tier, (dangerousness) levels far exceeding (remember this) what had already been settled in a court of law.

    The SMART Office through SORNA also requires states to abandon their practice with ex post facto, and adopt the SMART Office and the AWA’s brand of ex post facto.

    I am not against fair laws that target the right people meaning the molester and child pornographers, the former two involving incest and/or sexual predation, and the latter exploitation and sexual predation. There is a lot of complexity but much of that complexity was handled in sentencing and the conditions placed on a person at sentencing.

    If you are amongst legislators who find nothing wrong with legislatively changing, and drastically changing the conditions of a person’s prior sentence to fit a new law not in existence at the time of a previous sentence, or if you find that it is acceptable to ignore settled law and settled sentences because you want to appear TOUGH on sex offenders, then I can’t see supporting you or anyone else who would advance those type ways and thinking.

    Human Rights are for everyone. Fairness in the laws is for everyone not just victims. The pendulum has swung too far and it needs to comeback into a more moderate swing.

    Remember all the justified laws in the days of slavery, and times after slavery? Do you remember? Bad laws were justified to do tremendous harm to other people.

    Learn from the past, you and others aspiring to greater political and power positions. You don’t have to get there by destroying others.