THE WASHINGTON INDEPENDENT: Questions Raised About Ken Buck’s Record ProsecutingRape Cases in Colorado
By Jesse ZwickOctober 11, 2010Five years ago, Colorado’s GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck refused to prosecute a rape case whileacting as Weld County District Attorney, reports our sister site the Colorado Independent, and with threeweeks before the election, all the lurid details are getting dredged up once again:The alleged assault occurred five years ago. A man entered the alleged victim’s apartment andhad sex with her while she was drunk, she says. As she passed in and out of consciousness, she saysshe told him “no” and tried to push him away. If he had been a stranger, the case may have played outdifferently, but he was a former lover, and she had invited him over.Those circumstances seem to have made all the difference to Buck. [...]He said the facts in the case didn’t warrant prosecution. “A jury could very well conclude that thisis a case of buyer’s remorse,” he told the Greeley Tribune in March 2006. He went on to publicly call thefacts in the case “pitiful.”If he had handled it with a little more sensitivity, the victim, who does not want her name used,says it is possible she may have accepted the decision and moved on. But Buck’s words — as much ashis refusal to prosecute — still burn in her ears.“That comment made me feel horrible,” she told the Colorado Independent last week. “Theoffender admitted he did it, but Ken Buck said I was to blame. Had he (Buck) not attacked me, I mighthave let it go. But he put the blame on me, and I was furious. I still am furious,” she said.Buck is leading by a small margin in his race against Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), but his support isalready seriously lagging among female voters on account of his views on abortion and birth control, notto mention various additional off-color remarks:Buck’s problems connecting with women voters in the Senate race likely began with his supportfor Amendment 62, the Personhood Amendment, which would make even some common forms of birthcontrol illegal. He also said people should vote for him in the primary instead of former Lt. Gov. JaneNorton because he doesn’t wear high heels.The latest news about Buck’s record prosecuting rape cases as district attorney has the potential to sinkhis support among women (and men, for that matter) still further.
THE HUFFINGTON POST: Ken Buck Explained To Alleged Rape Victim Why He Wouldn't Take Her Case (AUDIO)
Sam SteinOctober 11, 2010 A five-year-old rape case that was never prosecuted is suddenly causing major ripples in the ColoradoSenate race and headaches for Republican candidate Ken Buck.Three weeks from Election Day, stories have suddenly emerged about Buck's refusal to follow up on rapeallegations involving a University of North Colorado student during his stint as Weld County DistrictAttorney. He declined to file criminal charges against the alleged victim's attacker on the belief that notenough evidence existed to win the case, a conclusion that is not entirely rare with such delicate cases.Renewed criticism, however, has erupted over Buck's handling of the case in light of some of his newly-resurfaced remarks, including a conversation he had with the victim and his suggestion that a jury wouldview the rape charges as merely her "buyer's remorse." Buck's campaign told Politico on Monday that the entire topic was a non-story driven by a partisanorganization. "Reputable news organizations should not be an echo chamber for Progress Now [the