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Closed loophole that had let abusive fathers contact kids

Ken Buck is fighting back against the "war on women" narrative that helped doom his Senate campaign in 2010. And the opening salvo in the battle to reclaim his name is coming in the form of a 2-minute video entitled "Stephanie's Story."

The story goes like this: In 2008, Stephanie Drobny and her two young children fled their home in Montana after her abusive husband threatened to murder her and put her in the forest "where the bears would eat" her. But Ken Buck, in his capacity as District Attorney, helped her "get through a rough time in my life," Drobny says during the video.

In the process of helping Drobny, Buck discovered a major loophole in the law that allowed perpetrators like her husband to continue contacting the children. Buck, Drobny, and even her daughter went to the state legislature so that they could help close the loophole. The bill was signed into law in 2011.

Buck says he is taking proactive measures to undermine the "war on women" meme that hurt him last time.

Source: The Daily Caller AdWatch on 2014 Colorado Senate race , Feb 17, 2014

2006: Declined to prosecute "buyer's remorse" date-rape case

Q: As district attorney, you declined to prosecute a 2006 date rape case. You told the Greeley Tribune, "A jury could very well conclude that this was a case of buyer's remorse," after you looked at the circumstances of the case and decided not to prosecute. A lot of people thought that was an insensitive remark. The woman who was involved in this case has been critical of you, saying that your tone was one of attacking her.

BUCK: The rape was reviewed by a prosecutor with 30 years prosecutorial experience. He declined to prosecute. Two female chief deputies reviewed the case, talked to witnesses; they declined to prosecute. The Boulder County district attorney's office declined to prosecute and told me that the case couldn't be prosecuted.

Q: But do you regret the way you talked to her?

BUCK: I don't regret the way I talked to her. It is important that a prosecutor approach a victim with a certain amount of reality, and that's what I tried to do with this victim. I didn't blame her at all.

Source: NBC's Meet the Press: 2010 Colorado Senate debate , Oct 17, 2010

Fired for refusing to prosecute an unethical case

Q: Tell us about the circumstances of your departure from the US Attorney's office?

A: I had a disagreement with [then-US Attorney] Tom Strickland on a particular case. I contacted [the opposing party's] defense attorneys to suggest that they come in & plead out that case because I thought that--every career prosecutor in that office agreed--that it would be unethical to prosecute that case. Strickland filed an Office of Professional Responsibility Complaint against me, which was resolved by a letter detailing that I had unintentionally violated an ethical rule. After that I left the office.

Q: What was the violation?

A: Disclosing confidential information of a client. It's the first time I had ever seen that rule applied in that way.

Q: There was dissension in the office about the case?

A: Yes, I thought the case was weak. There's even [a colleague's] memo out there detailing why this case is weak--that Strickland has seen--[saying that the defense] should just get in & plead this case out.

Source: The Denver Post, "A conversation with Ken Buck" , Jul 18, 2010

Supports capital punishment for certain crimes.

Buck supports the CC survey question on capital punishment

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Capital punishment for certain crimes, such as first degree murder & terrorism"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q8 on Aug 11, 2010

Blue Lives Matter: prosecute hate crimes against police.

Buck sponsored H.R.4760

Congressional Summary: To make an attack on a police officer a hate crime.

OnTheIssues Notes:The 'Black Lives Matter' movement seeks to get police to stop treating African-Americans differently than white suspects. The movement comes to the fore whenever a video emerges from a police shooting of black suspects, as has occurred regularly over the past years. Saying 'Black Lives Matter' blames the police for institutionalized racism, and demands corrective action by changing how police behave. The counter-movement uses the term 'Blue Lives Matter,' implying support of police in a dangerous job.
Source: Blue Lives Matter Act 16-HR4760 on Mar 16, 2016

Don't compromise community safety with sentencing reform.

Buck voted NAY First Step Act

Congressional Summary:

Opposing press release from Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1):: The reform sentencing laws in this bill may compromise the safety of our communities. Criminals convicted of violent crimes would have the opportunity to achieve 'low risk' status and become eligible for early release. California already has similar laws in place--Propositions 47 and 57--which have hamstrung law enforcement and caused a significant uptick in crime.

Supporting press release from Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10):: S. 756 establishes a new system to reduce the risk that [federal prisoners] will commit crimes once they are released. Critically, S. 756 would not only implement these reforms to our prison system, but it also takes a crucial first step toward addressing grave concerns about our sentencing laws, which have for years fed a national crisis of mass incarceration. The bill is a 'first step' that demonstrates that we can work together to make the system fairer in ways that will also reduce crime and victimization.

Legislative outcome: Concurrence Passed Senate, 87-12-1, on Dec. 18, 2018; Concurrence Passed House 358-36-28, Dec. 20, 2018; President Trump signed, Dec. 21, 2018

Source: Congressional vote 18-S756 on Dec 20, 2018

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