Denver City Attorney resigns amid computer theft investigation
DENVER – Denver City Attorney Larry Manzanares resigned Tuesday after police said they tracked a laptop computer stolen from District Court to his home.Manzanares told Denver’s KMGH-TV he bought the computer from a man in a parking lot near the Denver City and County Building. He said the seller told him he needed money to post bail, and Manzanares told the television crew his decision to buy the laptop was “foolish.”Mayor John Hickenlooper, who last week placed Manzanares on administrative “investigatory leave,” said he accepted the resignation.”Current events which have been highlighted by the media have created an untenable distraction for the Mayor’s office and the position of Denver City Attorney… Therefore, I believe it is in the best interests of the City and the City Attorney’s Office that I resign my position as City Attorney,” Manzanares said in a statement released by Hickenlooper.Hickenlooper said the fact that Manzanares didn’t want the investigation or questions surrounding the situation to interfere with the office speaks to the character and integrity of the attorney and former District Court judge.”We fully respect Larry’s decision and wish him and his family the very best during this difficult time,” Hickenlooper said in a statement.
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