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Mayor John Suthers is at the forefront of two events Tuesday.

The first begins at 9 a.m. at the Colorado Springs Airport and is billed as "Important Air Service Announcement." (Notice the coy reference to an "airline official."
What: Press Conference for important commercial air service announcement at Colorado Springs Airport.

Who: Colorado Springs Mayor, John Suthers
Aviation Director, Dan Gallagher
Airline Official

When: 9:00 am on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The second is yet another accolade to law enforcement for its part in the Nov. 27 Planned Parenthood shooting that left three dead, including an officer, and nine wounded.

The release is below. Notice Suthers will also honor six "civilians who acted selflessly to protect lives and treat victims." This could be revealing. So far, District Judge Gilbert Martinez has refused to unseal arrest and search warrants in the case, despite pleas from an array of media, represented by First Amendment attorney Steve Zansberg. Perhaps Suthers' spirit awards will shed light on what happened that day.
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman to honor Colorado Springs law enforcement and first responders who stood between an act of evil and their community November 27th 2015. General Coffman will recognize the agencies that responded bravely to the call of duty: the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Police Department, the Colorado Springs Police Department, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department and the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

“Each of these men and women responded heroically to an emergency call, not only because it was part of their job, but because of their inherent sense of duty. These individuals represent the best of the best,” said Attorney General Coffman. “They did what our first responders do each and every day in Colorado. They risked their lives to protect Coloradans and prevent more casualties.”

The public and media are welcome to attend the ceremony that will recognize the agencies and individuals who acted valiantly during the tragic events of November 27, 2015. The ceremony is scheduled to last approximately 30-40 minutes.

Date: Tuesday, January 12th
Time: 11:00am
Location: City Hall Council Chambers
107 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Co 80903

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers will also present the “Spirit of the Springs Award” to six civilians who acted selflessly to protect lives and treat victims.

“While we recognize these brave Coloradans, it’s also important that we don’t forget those that were lost during this senseless act of violence,” said General Coffman. “We mourn the tragic deaths of Jennifer Markovsky, Ke’Arre Stewart and Officer Garrett Swasey. We won’t forget you.”

“Our great city responded with resilience and compassion to the tragic events of November 27,” said Mayor John Suthers. “While these acts don’t lessen the losses we experienced, they do stand to define the spirit of Colorado Springs, and it is my honor to join in recognizing the individuals – both civilians and those in uniform - who put others before themselves, and acted to help their fellow citizens that day.” 
Speaking of the Planned Parenthood case, seems the prosecutor of Robert Dear is Donna Billek, who prosecuted the Bruce Nozolino case. Nozolino, as you might recall, was convicted of murder and other charges in multiple cases that spanned a decade, including one in which he shot into Judge Martinez's house though he didn't injure anyone.

In that case, Martinez was the victim who helped the prosecutor, Billek, win a conviction.

Here's an account from the Gazette, ably reported by reporter Lance Benzel, when the verdict was delivered in March 2014:
"All's I have to say is, where's his smirk now?" 4th Judicial District Chief Judge Gilbert Martinez told the court during victim-impact statements, casting a quick look toward Nozolino as the besieged defendant sat expressionless between his attorneys at the defense table.

The judge, his wife and his daughter were among those endangered by sniper shootings in the aftermath of Nozolino's 2000 divorce from his ex-wife Beverly, over which Martinez presided.

The jury convicted Nozolino of killing his ex-wife's former lover in 2008, partially blinding her former divorce lawyer in 2002, and shooting into the homes of the attorney and Martinez while their family members were inside.

Martinez, whose home was shot into in October 2001, testified during the trial that he felt a bullet whiz past his face while sitting on a couch in his living room watching TV. Moments earlier, he had been in his kitchen, talking to his daughter. A bullet flew into that room, too.
Martinez, the 4th Judicial District's administrative judge, plucked the Dear case out of the normal rotation that determines which judge presides in which case. Can he set aside any relationship he developed with Billek in the Nozolino case? Is that even an issue? We called the public defender's office, which is representing Dear, last week to ask about that, but we never heard back.
 

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