by Eagle County’s Concerned Citizen’s
How else can a reasonable person describe it?
Consider the facts established in Eagle County District Court – specifically in Judge Moorhead’s Courtroom: Defendant found guilty of drunk driving (0.189) and guilty of Vehicular Homicide in the killing of a young man – Lewis Cook III. David Perzanowski hit and killed Mr. Cook with the car Perzanowski was driving while Perzanowski was legally drunk. Perzanowski admitted to his crime.
Court records show, it was reported – that this was not David Perzanowski’s first legal offence involving Alcohol. (2006 – Click Here)
In October, 2011 (Click Here) Perzanowski was sentenced by Judge Moorhead to 4 years in Prison, the minimum sentence for Vehicular Homicide under Colorado law.
As is every criminal defendant’s right – the defendant can file (they did) a motion within 120 days of sentencing, asking the Judge to reconsider his original sentence.
Per their filed motion, Judge Moorhead reconsidered his original ruling last week.
David Perzanowski, will now walk out of Eagle County Jail a free man on Wednesday, February 15th. Perzanowski sentence reduced to 6 years supervised probation and alcohol treatment.
What is Judge Moorhead’s singular message to Mrs. Susan Cook – the mother of the Victim?
Answer: Mrs. Cook your son’s life isn’t important.
What is Judge Moorhead’s message to our Community at large?
Answer: It’s O.K. to have a second alcohol related offense, kill someone while driving drunk and then essentially “walk”. Your sentence? Not that much different from the typical sentence for a first time DUI.
District Court Judge Thomas Moorhead is a menace in our Community.
What can a reasonable person do about this?
1 – The family of the victim, Mr. Cook, should file a Grievance against Judge Moorhead immediately. How is it possible for any Judge to violate mandatory Colorado sentencing guidelines (Click Here) when a defendant is found Guilty? ECT suggests you call Colorado’s Commission on Judicial Discipline (303.866.6431) and visit their web site – http://www.ColoradoJudicialDiscipline.Com
2 – Judge’s have to be re-elected to retain their seat on the bench. Save this ECT report and tell you friends it is absolutely essential to vote against Moorhead’s retention the first chance you get!
3 – All donations to any and all local Boards (i.e. non-profits) should stop immediately until Moorhead officially resigns from those Boards or until he is officially relieved of duty by those Boards. Example: Moorhead is still listed (online) as a Director for Menconi’s – Snowboard Outreach Society. (Click Here)
4 – If you have a new civil case filed and got Moorhead as your Judge – drop your case and re-file elsewhere.
5 - Stay (at all costs) out of Moorhead’s Courtroom. If you get called for Jury duty in Moorhead’s court, do whatever is legally possible to make sure you don’t have to sit in the same room with this Judge for any reason at any time.
Fact is: Judge Moorhead is no stranger to Drunk Driving having rolled and wrecked a Town of Vail assigned Saab automobile. On April 2nd 1994 the (then) Town Attorney for the Town of Vail (Tom Moorhead) was arrested and charged with Drunk Driving. (Click Here) Did this fact have anything to do with Moorhead changing his mind about his original sentence? You decide.
The ECT extends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victim, Mr. Lewis Cook III.
In a sense District Court Judge Thomas Moorhead has made our entire Community a victim of his personal Miscarriage of Justice.
Your actions are a disgrace, Thomas Moorhead.
Note: Comments made to the ECT folks about Judge Moorhead – by both the District Attorney’s office and local Criminal Defense lawyers contributed heavily to this ECT report.