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Victim was wrong about her unaddressed rights

Dear Editor:

This is in response to the letter from Danielle Gillman published in the Sept. 6 edition of The Aspen Times (“Beeson out of touch; vote Caloia for district attorney”).

While Gillman was indeed a victim of check fraud, her memory of the case does not square with reality. She claims that she left numerous messages with the office of the district attorney “to no avail” and that she “never received a phone call.”

These statements are simply untrue. Case records belie these allegations and confirm that there were no fewer than 21 contacts made by this office with Gillman. These contacts included personal visits, letters, emails, phone calls, phone messages and contacts in court.

Gillman should check her facts before leveling untrue allegations against the conscientious and hardworking professionals – both prosecutors and victims’ assistants alike – who have dedicated themselves to helping victims of crime. The fog of political partisanship often does not travel the path of truth. This, apparently, is one of those times.

And if you’re wondering about the person who actually committed the crime, that person was convicted of check fraud and ordered to pay more than $3,200 in restitution. Justice pursued, and achieved, for the victim.

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Martin Beeson

District attorney, 9th Judicial District