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Resource ID: #16250
Subject: Criminal Justice System
Source: Westword (Denver)
Date: 1999-07-15



Westword reports that "When Michael Furlong's wife, Deanna, tried to get him to sign divorce papers, she ended up dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Prosecutors discovered that 10 years ago, another young woman who'd attempted to break up with Furlong in another Colorado town had also disappeared; her body had been found in a dump some months later. But because the forensic evidence was weak, they were unable to connect the two deaths or to convict Furlong of anything stronger than criminally negligent homicide. After two years on work release in Boulder County Jail, Furlong will be free to love again. This case illustrates both the lack of aggressiveness of the Boulder County District Attorney's office (known nationwide for its inability to come up with a change in the JonBenet Ramsey case) and the difficulties of prosecuting domestic violence."

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