Monday, August 28, 2006

Rocky Mountain High

The next in the line of attorneys leaving the ADO is Cory Riddle. Cory started at the ADO in 1999 and was named deputy after Steve Zinn's passing in 2004. Cory's significant other is a university professor, and she got a new position at the University of Colorado, Boulder (we've got to stop hiring these people with such smart partners!). Cory has accepted a new job with the Colorado public defender system and will be doing trial work in Boulder; at least he is still fighting for clients and the Constitution.

Cory had a couple of big published wins along with lots of other unpublished wins: State v. Campbell (COA, reversing battery on a leo) and State v. Vandervort (SCT, reversing criminal history finding on appeal). Of course, I have warm memories of State v. Layton, which rejected our initial claim regarding K.S.A. 65-4127c, but laid the ground work for the companion case, State v. McAdam. (And by the way, Layton is actually good law if you have any convictions under K.S.A. 65-4141 or K.S.A. 65-4142).

I'll miss Cory a lot. But I think the move to Colorado will be good for him and his family.

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