Here are some fascinating tidbits:
--Ken Buck, Colorado's Republican Senate candidate, was once an assistant federal prosecutor.
--There was an Aurora gun dealer who sold guns illegally and had 37 counts thrown at him. This was a violation of federal law, nothing to sneeze at.
--Ken Buck shared information with the defense team. That's right, he tipped them off. How's that for law enforcement? Then he resigned. Was he forced to?
--Ken Buck was reprimanded... by a Republican U.S. Attorney. A partisan witch hunt? Not so much.
--The illegal gun dealer benefited from Ken Buck's unethical, sleazy behavior. He was convicted of a misdemeanor.
--The gun dealer donated to Ken Buck's campaign.
When an assistant federal prosecutor is reprimanded by the Department of Justice for improperly disclosing internal government deliberations about a pending case to a defense attorney, it is not something that can or should be sloughed off as a youthful indiscretion. [...]
This is unfortunate, because the episode raises legitimate concerns about ethics, professionalism and loyalty in one of the most sensitive of public jobs — that of a federal prosecutor. [...]
Buck's clearly improper communication to a defense attorney about a pending prosecution was not only contrary to ethical and professional standards that govern attorneys; it also represented an act of disloyalty toward his superior — U.S. Attorney Strickland.
There's your fine, upstanding GOP patriot. Law and order all the way.
Let's put this story back on the radar.