The district attorney who prosecuted the high-profile investigation into the disappearance and possible murder of Suzanne Morphew is being investigated herself
The district attorney who prosecuted the high-profile investigation into the disappearance and possible murder of Suzanne Morphew is being investigated herself. Linda Stanley, 11th Judicial District Attorney, has had at least two complaints leveled against her with the Colorado Supreme Court's Office of Regulation Counsel.
"The investigation into those complaints is still pending regarding Ms. Stanley," confirmed Jessica Yates, Attorney Regulation Counsel, to the Denver Gazette.
One of those complaints came from a Douglas County man who was one of the hundreds of people who helped search for the Chaffee County wife and mother who went missing in the spring of 2020. Tom Chelston requested the investigations citing a potential violation of the rules for professional conduct.
Chelston’s letter, which was obtained by the Canyon City Daily Record
, states: “My concerns were further realized when DA Stanley failed to provide formal interviews with actual news organizations while holding online interviews about this murder case with amateur YouTube crime channels.”
Chelston's letter also stated that Stanley displayed a "combination of ego, arrogance and demonstrated incompetence" — which he said placed the rights of Suzanne Morphew and the rights of any other victims of crime "to qualified representation and justice in jeopardy."
Besides the complaint regarding the Morphew investigation, there are others filed against Stanley calling her competency into question. One of those came from a sheriff in one of the counties she represents. Fremont County Sheriff Allen Cooper filed two formal complaints against the 11th Judicial District Attorney last year alleging Stanley's prosecutors were lying in court about his deputies alleging that they were not sharing evidence with them. Allen said it got so bad, he had his deputies hand-carry evidence to the judge themselves to show that they were not withholding important documents.
Last summer, Stanley’s law license was suspended due to her failure to complete the required hours of continuing legal education for the years 2019 2020 and 2021.
As of Wednesday, the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel showed that Stanley’s law license is active. Under Colorado Supreme Court guidelines, her license could be reinstated once she filed a plan to make up the 45 hours of continuing legal education she and all state attorneys are required to complete every three years.
Yates confirmed that Stanley did complete the required work.
She is handling the Park County docket for the 11th Judicial District.
Yates said that the complaints against Stanley could be resolved through one of two actions. One, there would be a stipulation with an attorney with a proposed resolution to the disciplinary judge, or there will be an evidentiary hearing on the complaints which Yates compared to a grand jury.