Colorado Judge Goes Into Hiding

Prison gang threatened judge in connection with probe of superintendent’s slaying

by Martha Neil

A Colorado judge who signed search warrants to be used in an ongoing probe of the slaying of the state’s prison superintendent went into hiding for at least two weeks after allegedly being threatened by 211 Crew gang members, investigators say.

El Paso County Judge Jonathan Walker resumed the bench this week, but the situation highlights the danger posed by members of the prison gang, which has ties to drug trafficking and white supremacists, reports the ABC News.

“They want to kill cops, people from district attorney’s office, anybody that represents law enforcement,” said investigator Bobby Brown of the 211 Crew. “They are vicious. They are for real.”

Investigators are pursuing a theory that the killing of a pizza delivery driver in the Denver area earlier this year is tied to the killing of state prisons chief Tom Clements a short time later and that former Colorado prisoner Evan Ebel, who died in a shootout with law enforcement officers in Texas earlier this year, is responsible for both slayings, the Denver Post reports. The article relies on unidentified sources for the information, which the newspaper says is contained in sealed court documents, and says that 211 Crew may have ordered the assassination of Clements.

Another Denver Post article, which relies on an anonymous source, said the judge’s life was threatened by 211 Crew members and that he was advised to move out of his home because it was easily accessible on a busy street. He also reportedly purchased a gun and began wearing a bulletproof vest after several individuals, including a former client, warned of death threats.

No comment from the judge is included in the articles. However, a former department of corrections parole director, Tim Hand, confirmed that he also had been targeted in a 211 Crew assassination plot revealed by intercepted correspondence among gang members.

“My name came out as one of those persons they wanted,” he told the Post.

An earlier ABAJournal.com post provides additional details about the investigation. At one point, there was speculation that Ebel could have been involved in the slaying of a Texas prosecutor, but a fired justice of the peace has since been charged with capital murder in that case.

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One Response to Colorado Judge Goes Into Hiding

  1. admin says:

    Aug 27, 2013 6:33 PM CDT

    Concerned Citizen says: [and could as easily be referencing local (A)narchists]

    El Paso County Judge Jonathan Walker resumed the bench this week, but the situation highlights the danger posed by members of the prison gang, which has ties to drug trafficking and white supremacists, reports the ABC News.

    “They want to kill cops, people from district attorney’s office, anybody that represents law enforcement,” said investigator Bobby Brown of 211 Crew. “They are vicious. They are for real.”

    NO? Really? (rolling eyes towards the ceiling) and haven’t we heard this and more from Mr. Morris Dees who founded the Southern Poverty Law Center? He has written several books dealing with these types of groups and what’s really sad are the those from our military who get mixed up with these hate groups and use their training to help further their reign and intimidation of American citizens.

    We need a far more forceful (legal) way of dealing with such matters. Teach our citizens, law enforcement and other judicial members better ways for personal security and equipping them with better intelligence for counter measures for prevention of crime spawned out of home grown terrorism in their communities.

    They will continue to threaten, intimidate and coerce until there are tougher sentences and the communities at large stop codling them and cowering down to them and use community force to report them and interrupt their operations.

    Literally some of these groups are waging war in our communities, and what sort of support to innocent citizens get? They are ill prepared, they need to be trained in counter intelligence because they are at war. When someone wages war upon citizens they usually don’t care if the people are phoning the local police departments. The departments that the criminals themselves have under surveillance and maybe even a mole or two in place to feed them information, especially on victims who are trying to get help from the local police.

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