Buck poised to enter Senate race astride two controversial prosecutions

ColoradoIndependent.com – By Ernest Luning

The day after Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck appeared before a roaring crowd on the steps of the State Capitol at a tea party protest, the veteran prosecutor was back in court, leading the charge on two of the more contentious prosecutions Colorado has seen in the last year.

With a campaign for the U.S. Senate ready to launch, the Greeley Republican challenged GOP orthodoxy by prosecuting hate-crime charges against a man who would be soon convicted in the brutal beating death of a transgender woman. The same day, Buck challenged a lower court ruling that put a stop to a high-profile immigration probe that has proved wildly popular in conservative circles.