R.I.P. Larry Manzanares

Sad news today in Denver. Former Denver District Court Judge and City Attorney Larry Manzanares has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He was facing criminal charges over a stolen laptop. As I wrote here,

I always hate to read news about people who, having accomplished much in their lives, see their reputations in tatters and find themselves facing jail over an alleged silly act that by all accounts is out of character for them. ....I wish Mr. Manzanares good luck. The D.A.’s office sure threw the book at him.

His lawyer Gary Lozow said,

“There is no adult who has not exercised bad judgment or made a mistake in their lifetime.

His family released this statement:

"Those who knew him well will remember him as a highly respected lawyer, judge, law professor, mentor for minority youth, supporter of Hispanic organizations, board member of many women's public interest groups, author, and significant contributor to various facets of his community through his lengthy dedication to public service....The Manzanares family extends its gratitude to the multitude of people who supported Larry despite unfair and one-sided attempts to publicly try him in the press by attacking his character."

We are all greater than the sum of our misdeeds. I hope that Larry Manzanares will be remembered for the good he accomplished during his lifetime, not for the solitary, comparatively insignificant act of allegedly taking a computer that did not belong to him.

R.I.P. Judge Manzanares.

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    How sad (none / 0) (#1)
    by Electa on Sat Jun 23, 2007 at 10:59:22 PM EST
    that this man was humiliated to the point of suicide over something as minute as a laptop when this gov't has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars in Iraq and Katrina on bogus contracts.  Surely his life was worth more than a Dell.

    Nobody kills themself over a computer (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sat Jun 23, 2007 at 11:27:15 PM EST
    Much more was at work in this man's psyche, obviously.  Hits home here, since we've had a suicide in my family in the last few weeks.  The shock of it is indescribable.  My condolences and wishes of comfort to his family.  

    Piling on (none / 0) (#3)
    by magster on Sun Jun 24, 2007 at 11:04:18 AM EST
    I thought the release of information about porn on his computer was piling on by the DA.  This is a perfect example of how people who strive to tear someone down sometimes succeed all too well.