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Fourth-Down Man

Ken Buck is more than the punter who prosecuted the punter who stabbed the punter

On Sept. 11, 2006, an assailant dressed in black stabbed University of Northern Colorado punter Rafael Mendoza in his kicking leg. The story turned more bizarre when Mitch Cozad, a transfer student from Wyoming whom Mendoza had beaten out for the starting punting position, was charged with the crime. Going for the bizarre trifecta, the man who prosecuted the case, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, 48, was himself a former college punter with Princeton University. “It was fun to deal …

Trading Places

Once, Gary Pirosko ticketed drunk drivers;  then he prosecuted them; now he defends them

In the 1980s, Gary Pirosko, now a DUI attorney with a solo practice, was a South Suburban Park police officer and a deputy sheriff for Arapahoe County, where he wrote hundreds of traffic and DUI tickets. He's got plenty of stories from those days, but one, involving a 16-year-old boy, he'll never forget. Nerdy and socially awkward, the boy bought a new Jeep, which instantly won him social recognition and friends. After Pirosko ticketed the teen for drinking and driving, the boy promptly lost …

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