Term-limited Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter is supporting longtime colleague Mitch Morrissey for to replace him, says the Denver Post. Ritter called Morrissey one of the best prosecutors on DNA evidence in the country. “There really aren’t people who know or understand DNA evidence in our profession better than Mitch Morrissey. And that is to his credit because it’s the science of the future,” Ritter said. Morrissey has been in the district attorney’s office for 20 years, prosecuting serial murderers and sex offenders.
He is facing tough opposition from Beth McCann, a deputy Colorado attorney general for litigation, and John Walsh, the former chief of the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. McCann was manager of safety for Denver between 1991 and 1994 and has received endorsements from Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb. All three candidates are Democrats.